Mystery pole injures dog

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by Brett Shipp

wfaa.com

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 13 at 3:14 PM

Arlington, Texas

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ARLINGTON - When it comes to restoring downed power lines, neighborhood utility poles are quickly repaired or replaced. But when it comes to creating a hazard or injury, one particular pole in Arlington has quickly become somebody else's responsibility.  

Rosalinda Coronado has her dog Lucy all dressed out, not for cold weather but to protect a nasty wound on her belly, which was mysteriously incurred in their backyard a few nights ago. The next day, Lucy helped solve the mystery. “She walked real slow with my husband and she came straight to it,” she said.

Lucy led them to razor sharp metal threads, covered with dog hair, on what appears to be a fraying guy wire, in the Coronado's backyard, leading to a utility pole. Not only does Coronado fear more accidents, she worries about an unstable utility pole. Then there are the vet bills. “I have a dog that's still injured and not only do I want him to be taken care of, I want this problem to be corrected."

But whose pole is it? She called Oncor, Time Warner, AT&T and the City of Arlington and no one owned up – all could plausibly deny owning the pole, except perhaps Oncor.

The pole in question is clearly festooned with electrical lines, and transformers attached to meters attached to houses. She says Oncor crews came out in person and said it did not belong to them.

Oncor tells News 8  it is reassessing  the threat.

Lucy will heal and the threads can be covered but for the Coronados what really cuts is how an obvious hazard can be nobody's fault.  

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