Dog owner slammed after terrified pet runs off while tied to flower stand

A dog owner has been slammed for tying the pet to a wheeled flower stand before it ran off in terror.

CCTV from a petrol station in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland, shows the canine waiting in front of the shop with its lead tied to a large flower trolley.

Moments later, the white pooch starts to run off and appears to be frightened when it notices the moving trolley.

It struggles to break free, instead it pulls the two-tiered flower stand as it goes and shoots away out of shot.

A staff member bolts out of the shop in a high-speed dog chase.

The incident happened at the Maxol Service Station in Portrush on Saturday and the footage was shortly posted on to Facebook where it amassed more than 200,000 views.

The petrol station captioned the clip: "It’s all go at Maxol Portrush.

"The dog was reunited with its owner and safe, just couldn’t decide on what flowers to pick! No dogs were hurt!"

It's understood that the dog was caught in time before it reached the road and both the pooch and the flowers were returned safely.

Viewers of the clip could not hide their amusement at the incident.

Patricia Poole wrote: “First lesson, don't tie your doggy to the flower cage.”

Pamela Craig said: “Everytime I watch this I laugh.”

Rus Black joked: “Now that's shoplifting Portrush style.”

Heather Roxborough said: “Watch out, flowers on the move!”

But some viewers took a serious approach with their reaction.

Carolynn Griffin said: “The dog is obviously scared, poor wee thing.”

And Jillian Hedges wrote: “Funny, though I can never understand why people would tie their dogs up outside shops with so many dog thieves about.”

A spokeswoman for the petrol station said: “It’s funny, isn’t it? The dog was caught by our member of staff who spotted what was happening and ran after it.

“I don’t know if it was scared because the flowers were moving with it when it was tied up there.”

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