Court appearance over dog's death

Last updated 08:50 28/01/2014
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KILLED: Kay Hamilton said her puppy Rosie was "the most beautiful creature, friendly to everyone".

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A man has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving in relation to the death of a fox terrier on Hawke's Bay's Haumoana Beach.

Adam Rayner, 28, was remanded on bail without plea when he appeared in Hastings District Court yesterday, and will reappear in court next month.

Rayner is alleged to have been the driver of a quad-bike on the beach on January 9 that hit a miniature fox terrier being walked by its owner.

The eight-month old dog, named Rosie, died as her owner Kay Hamilton carried her home.

Following the incident Hamilton, a nurse in the Hawke's Bay Hospital emergency department, told Fairfax Media the rider had abused her for not having Rosie on a leash, despite the beach being a designated area for walking dogs unleashed.

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