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Thursday, January 2, 2014
A couple have been left distraught after their puppy was killed when he was spooked by a “monkey bike”, slipped his lead and was hit by a car.
Rowan Johnston, 31, and Tracey Kingwell, 28, were walking eight-month-old Dexter along Wherstead Road, Ipswich, at around 9pm on Boxing Day when the mini motorbike came roaring up behind them on the pavement.
The rider kept revving the bike noisily and was itching to get past, but the sound panicked the Rottweiler pup.
Mr Johnston said: “He kept revving and thrashing about behind us and the dog was really freaking out because of the noise.
“I was trying to control him and he was panicking and then managed to slip from his lead and bolted straight into the road and under a car.
“At first he seemed to be all right and then he bolted again over a fence, and I chased after him across two or three gardens – I kept screaming his name and eventually he came. He seemed OK but we took him to straight to the vet’s, where they found he had a punctured lung and he was dead within an hour.”
Mr Johnston, who is carrying out work on the couple’s home in Wherstead Road at present, and Ms Kingwell, who works for the NHS, had only had Dexter since Christmas Eve. They say the bike rider watched their pet go under the car and then rode off.
They are furious that he was riding on the pavement.
Mr Johnston said: “We are extremely distraught – this has ruined our best Christmas ever. We loved him dearly and miss him immensely.
“I would like to help the police catch the rider of the bike and raise awareness of how people should drive around animals – this person should not have been riding on the pavement, in my opinion. All drivers learn they should slow down and not rev near animals, and do nothing to scare them.”
A police spokesman said the use of mini motorbikes was a complex issue and depended on the regulations governing the machines and depended on principally on engine size. Mechanically-propelled vehicles using the highway do require tax, insurance and MoT.
Anyone who saw the incident is asked to call police on 101.