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Dog loose on motorway. What would you do?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by grumpydogwoman, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    The story of the cops who deliberately ran over a dog.

    I have 3 dogs. I call myself a dog-lover. But what were the cops to do? If I'd been driving that route I'd have been dodging and swerving all over the place in order to avoid it. I wouldn't be able to help myself. I'm amazed there wasn't a pile-up.
    I'd have caused one single-handed.

    What else could they have done, eh???
  2. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    I'd have done the same. If the owners can't control their pooch, they deserve to lose it. And to pay for any damage caused to the police car.
  3. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Heard someone from Wales (possibly Assembly or a local council?) saying they should have closed the road until they could safely remove the dog.

    Personally I'd blame owners for not keeping dog under control.
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  4. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    What they do when there are swans and livestock on the road. Close it, catch the beast and carry on.

    At the same time, if your choice is hit an animal or drive into oncoming traffic you have to pick the lesser evil no matter how harsh it seems.
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  5. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    If it had been a human, they'd have used a taser.
  6. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Unless the human had something in its hand, They they might have killed it.

    A herd of swans. That would be a sight plowing into them at 70 mph.

    The dog escapade would make a great scene in a black comedy... look out for it soon...
  7. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I've thought about this a lot since I heard about it.
    I cannot fault the policemen as the humans had to come before the dog and a closure would have taken too long to arrange.

    I'm not sure whether I could have done the same though except to preserve my own life
  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Do all officers carry tasers? I don't think they do. That may not have been an option.

    Close the road? I imagine they considered it. You'd probably have to close both sides and I know the police are very stretched these days so they may have been worried that the other officers would take a long time to arrive?
  9. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

  10. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I'm a dog owner too and I think the police were in the position of being damned either way. Had the dog caused an accident and there were fatalities hey'd have been criticised but killing the dog has also caused criticism.

    Yes, the dog owners have to take some responsibility but I know that if either of my two Spaniels 'escaped' it would have been the devil's own job to catch them.

    Apparently both police officers are dog owners so they must have been in a real quandary, and, as usual, it's dead easy for us in our living rooms to criticise and wag the finger, but how would we act in the middle of the situation?
  11. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    Is it not your responsibility to ensure the mutts do not "escape"?
  12. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    They do indeed Flere
    I think it is called a rolling block but whatever that can take time to arrange safely and requires other immediately available officers.

    If it had all gone pear-shaped in the meantime......... :(
  13. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    Absolutely!! But accidents do happen. There's non of us perfect.
  14. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I arrived at a junction onto a fast dual carriageway some years ago, seconds after a serious accident there had occurred. Ther had been two dogs in the car, one of which jumped out the window and sped off down the road, the other was dazed and had blood coming out of its eyes.

    Inside the car, the driver was screaming hysterically, her husband was OK, but trapped and in the back seat was another woman who was quiet and died at the scene about fifteen minutes later.

    This particular junction was probably the worse possible place to have an accident like that, because although I immediately called the emergency services, it took them 25 minutes to arrive. The air ambulance arrived twenty minutes after my call, but prior to that, an off duty paramedic had stopped, identified the person in the most trouble, dragged her out of the car and attempted CPU.

    Aside from the fact that the owners couldn't have taken responsibility for their dogs in the circumstances, the lesson to be learned from this is that although the driver was screaming hysterically and captured the attention of the crowd that had gathered, it was the quiet one who needed the attention most.
  15. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Last time I hit a loose dog it damaged the front of my car and the dog owner refused to pay the damages! Perhaps I should have swerved?
  16. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    Wales has gone soft. I agree with you - run the animal over if its a danger to people, the traffic moves fast on the A55. I doubt if they'd be able to get much support or help from police specialists or the RSPCA at 3am in the morning when the incident happened.
    I wonder what the Hedd-Lice would do if it was a cow
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  17. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    DoY, I was a member of the Red Cross in my teens and we were always taught that if someone has the energy to scream, they'll probably be OK. Always concentrate efforts on those who are quiet.
  18. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Yes - I did St John's Ambulance training and we were told something similar.
  19. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    While I agree that it was the dog owner's fault, I still think they should have closed the road. My dogs are my family members. No-one should run them over if there is an alternative.
    My husband agrees and says that the policemen should have their dogs taken away. This thread is making me tearful. I have a dog beside me, and another snoozing in my lap, as I type.
  20. ValentinoRossi

    ValentinoRossi Star commenter

    Stop the traffic. Close the road. Catch the animal. I know - it may not work. But surely you HAVE to try! It is simply callous not to do so.

    I don't buy the red herring about "it would take too long". When there is a vehicle problem on the motorway, traffic is stopped remarkably quickly.
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