'Bikers leave cat to die'

SASHA BORISSENKO
Last updated 12:58 14/03/2014
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SAD END: Pet cat Coco was run over by a motorcyclist.

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A beloved family pet was left to die after being run over by a motorcyclist in the Red Devils poker run, says its distraught owner.

Julia Lines said their pet cat, Coco, was spooked by the roar of the motorcycles as they travelled past her house on Main Rd, Hope, on Saturday and ran across the road.

A motorist travelling behind the group told her he saw one of the motorcycles ran over Coco's back, she said.

Mrs Lines said the riders did not stop. Coco was paralysed and died in pain about 10 minutes later.

"I do not know anything about their gang practices, but as a group of people generally I think they are really insensitive," she said.

Mrs Lines said her 14-year-old and 9-year-old sons were distraught at the death of their 4-year-old pet.

An event participant, who did not want to be named, said inquiries among riders did not reveal anyone who recalled seeing the incident happen.

"If it did happen then that is really sad but it could have been much worse, thank God it didn't cause an accident."

Police issued more than 50 infringement notices to Poker Run riders with the majority for speed, careless driving or riding on the wrong class of licence.

One rider was caught travelling at 104kmh in a 50kmh zone. He received a roadside suspension and will face court action, police said.

About 95 riders took part in the event with the money raised going to first aid provider MediMax.

Participants collect a playing card at each stop and prizes are awarded for the best poker hand at the end of the day.

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