RACECOURSE Road resident Jan Lovett is urging people to stick to the speed limit in residential areas after a speeding driver ran over a dog outside her house on Friday.
Mrs Lovett said she saw a golden retriever and a blue cattle dog run across her front lawn and a short time later she heard the thud of one of the dogs hitting a four-wheel- drive vehicle as it sped down the road.
She said the driver failed to stop and check on the condition of the young blue cattle dog who was dead by the time neighbours and other drivers got to it.
“A lot of people don’t seem to give two hoots,” she said.
“For god’s sake be compassionate ... they could have stopped and called a vet or the RSPCA.”
Mrs Lovett said as a dog lover herself her heart went out to the dead dog’s owner.
“I cherish my dog,” she said.
“If this had have been my dog I’d be crying tears of blood.”
Mrs Lovett said she doesn’t blame the dogs’ owners for the dogs running free.
“I know that some dogs are very good escape artists,” she said.
Fearful her own dog may escape, Mrs Lovett has built high fences and always keeps her driveway locked.
“Some people think that I’m over protective,” she said.
Mrs Lovett said speeding was common on the “aptly named Racecourse Road” and she was concerned next time it wouldn’t be a dog that was hit but a child.
Mrs Lovett said she’d read about the death of another dog on Molong Road in the Central Western Daily earlier in the week and was alarmed that yet another dog had died as a result of a speeding driver.