Dogsitter ordered to pay friend £1000 after pet pug Neville run over
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The reason we didn’t alert him in the afternoon was because Nikki was in hospital having a blood transfusion. None of us thought he was going to end up unfortunately deadVictoria Powles Mr Kyriacou claims Ms Powles sent a ‘reassurance’ picture of Neville to them an hour after he first went missing at 10am and only told them he had disappeared nine hours later.Mr Kyriacou, from Birmingham, who stayed by his daughter’s side as she underwent treatment, took the case to the county court in Burnley and was awarded £1,000.The father, 54, said: “When I got the phone call telling me Neville had died the whole hospital could hear me cry. Mr Kyriacou said they had owned sixth generation pug Neville, named after Harry Potter character Neville Longbottom, since he was a puppy.The former car sprayer said: “I took it to the court as we were so devastated. It wasn’t about the money – it was justice for Neville.”I brought him up and he was with me all the time. “The following evening at 7pm the phone rang and straight away I knew it was about Neville. He’d been missing since 10am and they still couldn’t find him.”I was so angry – to only tell us after nine hours is sick. We will never know the truth about what happened to him.”I just hope he died instantly, it’s horrible to think about it.”Mr Kyriacou said that he and daughter missed him terribly.He said: “I miss hearing his feet on the laminate flooring and having him curl up on the bed next to me.”He was a member of the family and now there’s just an emptiness.”Ms Powles, who was looking after Neville when he escaped, was ordered to pay £1,000 by Deputy District Judge McAteer at Burnley County Court on Oct 25.She said: “The reason we didn’t alert him in the afternoon was because Nikki was in hospital .”None of us thought he was going to end up unfortunately dead. We thought he would be somewhere in the garden and be back with us – he would be fine.”We didn’t want to stress her out any more than we needed to – we didn’t want to make the situation worse.”I’ve never been in this situation, there’s no rule book for it.”[I’ve had] no experience with this – it’s the first time [it’s happened], we did what instincts tell you to do. That was our main concern.”Mr Kyriacou said that Ms Powles penned a handwritten letter of apology to him after the incident.A spokesperson at Preston County Court confirmed that no appeal has been lodged with the circuit judge. A dog-sitter was forced to pay a friend £1,000 after his pet pug was run over as she looked after it, a court heard. Victoria Powles was looking after the dog, called Neville, whilst Sophoullis Kyriacou took his daughter Nikki for a hospital appointment.But four days later the five-year-old animal was found dead at the side of the M65. “We sobbed our hearts out when we picked him up and I couldn’t face digging his grave in our garden, I was too upset, so a neighbour dug it for me.”We were stood in the front garden crying our eyes out and even our neighbour was tearing up.”It’s been months now but I can’t go past where the incident happened and there are times I think about it and my eyes fill up.” Neville was found dead at the side of the roadCredit:Mercury Press and Media Ltd Neville was left with Victoria PowlesCredit:Mercury Press and Media Ltd “Being a carer for my late wife was hard work, but if you were having a bad day he could make you feel good.”For such a small dog he had such a big character – he became my best buddy.”Nikki underwent treatment at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on January 31 this year.The pair had considered putting Neville in kennels but when Ms Powles said she could look after him they thought he would be in safe hands.They claim that despite the pug going missing at 10am on Feb 3 they received a daily picture at 11.15am and only received a phone call at 7pm informing them he had disappeared.However Ms Powles claims that the dog did not go missing at 10am and that it was slightly later in the day, after she had sent the daily picture of Neville.Mr Kyriacou said: “We asked her to send daily pictures of him. Two days after we dropped him off we got a picture where he looked so sad.”We thought he was just missing us and that we’d make it up to him when we got back. Our main concern was his safety. Neville disappeared on February 3Credit:Mercury Press and Media Ltd Sophoullis Kyriacou with NevilleCredit: Mercury Press and Media Ltd Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.