Three hit and runs involving donkeys in one week on the New Forest

Hit and Run sign for Bramshaw

5:54am 17th July 2017

Another donkey has been killed in a hit and run on the New Forest.

The animal was struck from behind at Penn Common near Bramshaw leaving it fatally injured.

It happened on Thursday night (13th July) with the vehicle involved heading towards the A36.

It comes just days after a donkey foal was killed on crossroads close to the village school at Hyde. The youngster was killed outright in the incident on the 7th July with its grieving mother later seen standing over the body.

Then on Friday night (14th July) another donkey foal was killed on the Hatchett Pond to Lymington Road.

IN ALL THREE CASES THE DRIVERS FLED THE SCENE AND FAILED TO REPORT THE ACCIDENT.

The Verderers, who are the overall body in charge of livestock on the New Forest, say it is "inexcusable" to leave animals injured or not to report accidents.

REWARD INCREASE:

The group has also announced an increase in the reward for successful prosecutions in hit and run deaths. It's gone up five fold to £5,000.

The money will be paid to anyone providing information that leads to a conviction in an animal death and  will be backdated to include incident from the 1st of January.

The decision was taken following a series of fatalities including a heartbreaking case where a driver left two donkeys, one of which was pregnant, to die in agony.

Donkeys killed on New Forest Road near Beaulieu - March 2016

You can read more on that specific incident here: www.spirefm.co.uk

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT WITH LIVESTOCK:

If you are involved in, or witness, a road traffic accident in which a vehicle collides with a pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep, you must telephone the Police on 999 or the Forestry Commission on 0300 067 4600 as soon as possible.

Even if you think the animal is uninjured, you must report the accident.

Animals often appear unhurt but in fact may have serious internal injuries.

 

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