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Bassett Hound run over and killed in Cheltenham

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: August 30, 2012

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A BASSETT Hound was killed in a car accident in Cheltenham at the weekend.

The incident happened at around 8.45am on Sunday August 26 on the Gloucester Road near to the Red Apple Superstop in Cheltenham when a silver older style Audi hit the dog causing serious injuries from which it later died.

The car, driven by a man, initially stopped but failed to leave any details and police are appealing for him to get in touch.

If you are this driver please can you contact Gloucestershire police on 101 quoting incident 152 of August 26.

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  • geoffwatts716  |  September 06 2012, 5:21PM

    Valhalla. It WASN'T a child it was a dog. You are responsible for its actions, same a child. A child hasn't the acceleration and pace (usually) to zoom into a road from an open door squeezing past before the parents can stop it.

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  • geoffwatts716  |  September 06 2012, 5:17PM

    Sorry, but surely the owners know their dear pooch well enough to be aware that is gets excitable and runs when given an open door. It was their fault, not the driver's. Thank god he didn't swerve and cause a human casualty. Why is it (and I've had a dog) owners' logicality and reason goes out of the window where their pets are concerned? Sentimentality gets in the way of facts? Big dog runs over to small child in the park. Child cowers. Owner comes over 'don't worry, he won't hurt you' - how the **** does the child know that? I'm sorry, but I find dog-lovers some of the most selfish people I've ever met. In human terms, similar to the trash-mothers of boys who've mugged and beaten an OAP up, and the lame excuses they cite, attempting to excuse the inexcusable.

  • gallopingbear  |  August 31 2012, 11:39AM

    Let's not lay blame. It's a tragic accident. Perhaps the driver did not know he was supposed to report it, maybe he did do a runner, we don't know. There is not enough information in the report to start accusing or defending anybody. My first thought, later confirmed by the owner was that the dog had escaped, whcih happens. It's nobody's fault it's just a tragic accident. I saw a vets program the other week. A guy had divorced and lived in a little flat with his little fluffy white mixed breed dog, only a year old. It was his best friend and companion. While he was working late a friend of his took the dog out for a walk, stopped at the pub and left the dog tied up outside. CCTV showed somebody walk up and steal the dogs lead, releasing it. The dog ran off and got run over. She was a courageous little pup but eventually they decided to have her put down. An example of a bad chain of events that was not the owners or the dogs fault. I have to say that since watching that I have never left my dog anywhere for a minute! However he has on occassion squeezed past me at the door like lightening and run across the road, luckily unscathed. Does that make me a bad owner? People talking about dogs dangerously out of control must not have experience of them. Of course when being walked they should be on a lead, but often they find ingenious ways to escape. Drivers should never switch off and forget that children, animals or other cars can swerve in front of them at any time. They are the ones in the most dangerous machine we access in everyday life. There are drivers who think the road belongs to them, and there should be no cyclists, horses or pedestrians slowing them down. That kind of immortal thinking is dangerous.

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  • Takeaway22  |  August 31 2012, 10:50AM

    I love this comment "The middle one of those is caused by the cyclist failing to take evasive action and riding with excessive speed/ riding without due care and attention." Errrr, it was a race Haha

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  • Takeaway22  |  August 31 2012, 10:47AM

    valhalla2010 wrote "Tom Messigir enjoys the anonymity of the intraweb..." Correct, a bit like valhalla2010 enjoying the anonymity of the intraweb.... ;)

  • IsitJimKerr  |  August 31 2012, 10:11AM

    Funny how TimMessanger and brownmate are in agreement, yet different reds and greens. TimMessanger is factually correct, no grey areas, just black & white. Unfortunately, folks these days don't like it straight, they want it all sugar-coated. And I'll get reds for this, although I'm only repeating what an advanced driving instructor for RoSPA told me. He said, 'if there's an animal in your path, or one runs into it, and there is oncoming traffic, so it's impossible to swerve, you MUST hit the animal. That is of course assuming that you have executed an emergency stop.' We never raised the subject of it being a child, so I don't know RoSPA's opinion on it. It would always be on a drivers mind..... 'I hit/killed the child, but would there have been greater injuries/deaths if I had swerved to avoid it?' And while the driver failed to stop, and that is an offence, although killing a cat isn't, the outcome of the accident is still the same. And as regrettable as it is, and I have a dog the same age, as the owner has said, the dog escaped, and even they were unable to stop it, so I'm sorry, but it was out of control. The area around Red Apple at many times of day is quite busy, with the junction to Benhall, the garage, the converging bus lane, etc, so a good driver will be alert to the existing dangers, not always able to expect a dog running in the road. Devastated, I'm really, really, sorry for your loss, and hope you and your family will be able to get another soon, not to forget, but just to move on, as we did when our last dog died.

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  • valhalla2010  |  August 31 2012, 8:38AM

    Tom Messigir enjoys the anonymity of the intraweb...

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  • valhalla2010  |  August 31 2012, 8:36AM

    The middle one of those is caused by the cyclist failing to take evasive action and riding with excessive speed/ riding without due care and attention.

  • wubblyjubbly  |  August 31 2012, 8:34AM

    Timmessanger - was there any point of uploading those clips on here? The owners of the dog that got killed are devastated and those clips are of no help to anyone, especially the poor family that lost their pet. I don't know what your trying to prove, it is quite clear that you are not a dog lover. Maybe you should show some sensitivity.

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  • RedSquirrel  |  August 31 2012, 8:23AM

    TimMessanger whoever you are - show some compassion to the poor owners who are completely devastated at the loss of their family pet. At this time they do not need some jumped up, arrogant little busy body adding to their grief when they already feel guilt and deep sadness. It was not their fault and their dog was NOT dangerously out of control - I often lose my belongings and sense of direction - does this make me out of control??!! I think you need to get a grip, sort your life and have some empathy for other people. I hope that you never have to go through anything like this and see people make such atrocious comments on it because it would just break your heart. If you even have one of course.

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