Northern Beaches Veterinary Hospital vet Paul McGeown was busy mopping up.
Northern Beaches Veterinary Hospital vet Paul McGeown was busy mopping up. Lee Constable

Mischievous dog causes flood at Northern Beaches vet

HEARD about the dog that wet the rug?

This one flooded the joint.

After receiving a panicked call from another business in his Northern Beaches complex, veterinarian Paul McGeown rushed to work just before 7am yesterday to find water flowing from the Northern Beaches Veterinary Hospital.

"I was in shock and awe," he said.

"Initially we thought a water main had burst. We feared the worst."

Instead, during the night an adventurous pooch had managed to get loose in the veterinary premises and knocked a laundry tap that opened the floodgates.

Mr McGeown asked for the escapee's name to be withheld because it was a first offence and due to the unusual circumstances.

"He's such a sweet dog. We can't believe he got out," he said.

Despite being surrounded by unpredictable pooches on a daily basis, Mr McGeown said this was "one of the strangest" incidents he had seen in his working life.

"We've had plumbers and electricians here all morning," he said.

"We haven't assessed the total cost but it could be up to $10,000."

Amazingly, the vet clinic operated as normal yesterday and planned on continuing to remain operating to normal opening hours.

"The drying machine is a bit noisy and it will be on for a few days," Mr McGeown said.

Thankfully none of the expensive equipment at the business was badly damaged, keeping the damage bill lower than first expected.

Clients of the Northern Beaches Veterinary Hospital wanting more information can phone the clinic on either 0418 776 260 or 0477 451 459.



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