Katie Price and Queenie
Katie Price and Queenie. Whilst scrolling through the cute cats photo on Instagram I came across another sad ‘hit and run’ story. This time it was Katie Price whose beloved family dog Queenie had been hit by a driver and left for dead. Whilst we cannot be sure of the events it certainly wouldn’t be the first time someone has hit a dog and not reported it. You just think that a basic humanity would make you want to notify the owner.
You are actually legally bound to tell the police if you hit an animal whilst driving regardless of whether it actually dies. This is the guidance on the Government website:
Report a dead or injured animal
What you need to do depends on the type of animal, and whether you were involved in an accident with it.
Report a car accident with an animal
You must stop and report the accident to the police if you hit any:
- cattle, eg cows
- donkeys and mules
You must do this as quickly as you can, whether the animal is killed or not.
The only problem is that this list misses out a most of the pets that this nation owns, especially cats. A lady in Gloucestershire has started her own petition to change the law to include cats, you can read the full details here. The other issue is that isn’t really any penalty. Katie Price has security cameras on her property so she might stand a better chance but most of us don’t have that luxury.
Losing a pet suddenly can make grieving even more difficult, the shock can sometimes feel quite overwhelming. This shock can also quickly turn to anger, which is a very natural part of the bereavement journey, when there has been an injustice as in the case of Queenie. It is so important to make sure you are looking after yourself and speaking to people who understand what you are going through. Your local Blue Cross can often provide support their link is here
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