This is not bike related, but I was hoping that someone here might have some ideas of what happened or what we can do about it.
My wife and I were walking our dogs in Burlington, Vermont. We have an Airedale Terrier and a Pug. We had been walking about an hour and my wife was carrying her dog, the Pug. We were in front of an apartment building and suddenly the Airedale started screaming and writhing on the ground. I had no idea what was happening and tried to see. He was in so much pain that he bit me. I hollered at my wife to grab his head so I could try to see what was going on. She put the Pug down and she (the Pug) immediately started to scream too.
We think that there is something on the sidewalk that was burning their paws. Maybe a chemical to melt the snow and ice? We got a lift home and washed the dogs paws off in the tub. The Airedale is walking a little funny but seems ok. The Pug was only on the ground for a second and is fine.
Does anyone have any experience with this kind of reaction to a de-icer? Or a theory of what it might be?
Does anyone have any idea of who to report this to? We have called the police, but they haven't showed up yet and we suspect that they won't do anything about it anyways.
Any help will be very much appreciated.