Arrest over puppy beach death

Last updated 08:58 16/01/2014
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KILLED: Kay Hamilton said her puppy Rosie was "the most beautiful creature, friendly to everyone".

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Police have arrested a man alleged to have been driving the quad bike that killed a dog at Haumoana beach, in the Hawke's Bay.

The 28-year-old local was charged with dangerous driving yesterday and will appear in Hastings District Court next month.

He is alleged to have been the driver of a quad-bike that was speeding on the beach and hit a miniature fox terrier being walked by its owner.

The eight-month-old dog, named Rosie, died in the arms of her owner Kay Hamilton as she carried her home.

Constable Alan Daly is appealing for witnesses to contact police.

He would especially like to hear from a couple who were with their young son nearby when the incident happened.

Earlier this week Hamilton said the rider had abused her for not having Rosie on a leash, despite the beach being a designated area for walking dogs unleashed.

Hamilton, a nurse in the Hawke's Bay Hospital emergency department, had taken Rosie on their regular hour-long beach walk from her Beach Rd house about 8.30pm when she heard the shrill noise of a motorbike "at full throttle".

She believed the rider was travelling well over the beach's 20kmh speed limit.

She saw the dark outline of the bike approaching quickly from the east and felt sure it would slow down as it neared. 

"There was a couple with a young child of about 5 between me and the bike. I thought the bike would slow before reaching them, but it didn't. 

"There was no time to do anything. I heard the thump, then I saw Rosie on the beach, blood in her mouth." 

She said there were two men and a woman on the bike. The driver allegedly then verbally abused her, she said.

Hamilton had owned Rosie for about six months. "She was the most beautiful little creature. Friendly to everyone, a real livewire. I miss her incredibly." 

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- The Dominion Post

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