A WOMAN blocked at the door of a 24-hour animal hospital in Bradford as she desperately tried to get help for a run-over dog has complained to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Leanne Wright-Priestley, who lives in Idle with her own rescue pets and works as a mental health manager, said she was left shocked and frustrated after taking the critically ill dog to Yorkshire Vets at Thornbury for help.

She said the dog was hit by a car after running loose on Woodhall Road on the evening of Wednesday. The couple stopped to help and a person at the scene told them about the 24-hour emergency vets nearby.

“The incident was very distressing for us - the dog was in a critical condition. My husband had him cradled in his arms,” she said.

When they arrived at the practice in Bradford Road, Mrs Wright-Priestley said the nurse who answered the door would not let them in. “There was no way she was going to let us in,” she said. “She told us the vet was on the way. The dog began to vomit blood and she responded to this by shutting the door in our faces, she couldn’t get away fast enough. My husband was left sitting on the floor with the dog wrapped in my coat. Nothing was done to help him. I was appalled.”

Ten minutes later the person responsible for the dog when it got loose arrived at the practice and was eventually let in after agreeing to pay the fees, claimed Mrs Wright-Priestley.

As well as complaining to Yorkshire Vets, she has also complained to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

A spokesman for Yorkshire Vets said: “Unfortunately we are unable to discuss individual cases due to data protection and client confidentiality.”

The surgery refused to say whether the dog survived.

According to its website, its Thornbury hospital is one of the leading animal hospitals in Leeds and Bradford and provides full 24-hour care to small animals across West Yorkshire.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons would neither confirm nor deny it had received the complaint.