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The little furball... [Oct. 2nd, 2004|11:31 pm]
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We just left varno and Em's place where we'd been out for a meal with them and patc.  Not 5 minutes down the road, and Caroline (who was driving) says, "Oh my god, that car just hit a cat and didn't stop!"

I wasn't paying attention at the moment that it happened, so I just saw us driving towards a little furball in the middle of the road.  I told Caroline to pull over, and called Thames Valley Police.

As I was on the phone to them, I walked towards where the little furball was, and another car driver had stopped (bless her) and picked him/her up from the middle of the road.  She was holding the little furball in her arms.

TVP told me that the Road Traffic Act doesn't place any obligation on the part of the driver when they hit a cat.  That law, apparently, only applies to dogs... which I think is wrong.

So, as the other driver wrapped the cat up in her coat, I took mine off and then took him/her off her and wrapped it in my jacket.  The other driver wasn't in a position to stop and assist, only that she couldn't leave an animal in the middle of the road.  I fully respected both of those points.

So, with the little furball in arms, I walked back to the car where Caroline was quietly shocked.  I called The Beeches, which is our local veterinary surgery (bear in mind that we were about 10 miles from home at this point) and asked if we could leave the little furball with them.  They said yes.

So Caroline drove us - slowly - back to the vets, whilst the little furball was screaming its little head off all the way back.  I was trying to calm him/her down, and I could see that Caroline was visibly distressed by it.

Anyway, when we got to the vets, the emergency nurse took the little furball off me and put him/her into a cage whilst she was waiting for the vet to arrive.  She took our details and promised to let us know how things go.

I asked her what the normal procedure for this kind of incident was.  She told me that they would try and treat the little furball tonight, when the vet arrives, and then call the RSPCA whom (I believe) will take responsibility for him/her.

I know it sounds bigheaded, but thank God for people like us.

In a way, I wish that we were in a position to take on a pet, 'cos I'd love to be able to care for the little furball once he/she gets better. :o(

[User Picture]From: azrael316
2004-10-02 10:59 pm (UTC)
I agree, yhank god for people like you..

Should anyone of our cats be run over I would hope that someone, preferably the person who has run them over look after them.

When Crowley, one of ours, was run over the driver came to our door and told us as most of the people who live locally know we have lots of cats. He was distressed but at least he owned up and took responsibilty.

I agree also that running a cat over should be covered under the same laws as dogs now, its not like anyones income depends on a dog anymore which is why the law was drafted in the first place.

I hope the little puddy cat is ok and is returned home safe and sound soon.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-10-03 11:42 am (UTC)
I've just posted an update here. She's doing just fine.

I think the law should be extended to any domestic animal. The difficulty in this specific case is that she wasn't wearing a collar. :-\

Thanks for you comment, Scott.
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[User Picture]From: j7xz49br3m93xrr
2004-10-03 07:47 pm (UTC)
The law is as it is because cats are not generally recognised legally as being domestic animals. A dog, on the other hand, should always be under an owner's control, so if it goes and does something or gets injured, the owner is involved. )

A cat has total freedom and can do what it wants. As there are many wild cats (and almost no wild dogs) in the UK (our newly domesticated cat, previously being one), this distinction seems reasonable. There is no obligation to stop when hitting a cat, as it may not even have an owner, and even if it did, the owner has no responsibility.

I have lost cats to the road, but I would probably not support changing this position, because it would mean needing to lock our cats up indoors 24/7, so they don't go and cause havoc for which we would be responsible. Cats don't pay attention to orders or set boundaries, although this is secretly why I like them ;-) I think the freedom of cats (compared to dogs) is a lot more important to maintain than protections over them, although I know many people keep their cats locked up and would disagree with this. :)

Anyway, thanks for stopping. I might not agree with the obligation, but I still think it's the decent thing to do if the animal is clearly domesticated!
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[User Picture]From: crazykatz
2004-10-05 09:46 am (UTC)

"Cats don't pay attention to orders or set boundaries, although this is secretly why I like them ;-)"
Me too!

I think it unfair to get cats and keep them confined, i love my 3 dearly but they love the outdoors. BUT i would never move to a house on a busy road, or if i lived in a house on a busy road i wouldnt get cats.

People think im mad sometimes, but my cats dictate the area i live in. I choose my recent house because it had a huge garden, is not near any main roads, its in a quiet corner of a cul de sac, there are no dangers nearby, just loads of exploring space for my 3 feline friends.

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[User Picture]From: blujewel
2004-10-03 01:06 am (UTC)
I wish there were more people like you!Thankfully, i never had that happen to me - that I ran over something... but i see many dead cats in the street. Unfortunately there is no rule here and i get so angry that people just leave the animal right there. Hopefully the law will change but I still think we have a lot to wait since killing birds is still one of the main hobbies on this island
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-10-03 11:43 am (UTC)
Like I said above, the law here should be extended to all domestic animals.

Oh well, at least she's ok.

Thanks for your comment :o)
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[User Picture]From: blujewel
2004-10-03 12:11 pm (UTC)
glad to hear that
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[User Picture]From: crazybee
2004-10-03 07:10 am (UTC)
that that SECOND time you have made my cry

*big softy at heart*

i hope the little furball makes it

i dont pray much but in this case i think i may do alittle one
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-10-03 11:44 am (UTC)
Thanks Andy, I was close to crying myself... but I had something more important to take care of first.

She's ok though. :o)
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-10-03 08:50 am (UTC)

Where did it happen/

I can't believe someone could just dfrive off like that. I take it the cat didn't have a collar on for identification then!
Hope Caroline wasn't too shaken up. It's things like this that make me hesitate about getting a cat as I know it would break our hearts if if did get run over.
Let us know how the little furball is.
Was good to see you last night - had a good meal out too!
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-10-03 11:45 am (UTC)

Re: Where did it happen/

Sorry hon, I neglected to mention that yesterday was a really good evening... thanks for inviting us! :o)

The little furball is just fine. It happened on the A40 London Road, just before Hammersley Road (I think). It was just opposite a BP garage.
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[User Picture]From: rainb0w_brite
2004-10-03 10:38 am (UTC)
oh no :( poor thing :( where abouts did it happen ??
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-10-03 11:46 am (UTC)
Loudwater, hon, on the road to High Wycombe.

She's ok though. :o)
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[User Picture]From: rainb0w_brite
2004-10-03 11:53 am (UTC)
ah thats such a horable busy road :(

glad to hear shes ok tho :)
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[User Picture]From: tean
2004-10-11 12:51 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it was you two who were there :)

Poor little thing.

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