A man has been arrested and charged for allegedly driving a
quad bike which hit and killed a puppy on Haumoana Beach.
Senior Constable Alan Daly yesterday confirmed the Haumoana
resident was facing a charge of dangerous driving in
connection with the incident last Thursday.
"People obviously need to be aware there are restrictions,
it's not just a recreational vehicle, you can die on these
things, it was unfortunate in this case it was a dog, but
[it] could have been a pedestrian or a child. They need to
start realising what the consequences are," Mr Daly said.
Rosie, an 8-month-old miniature fox terrier, was hit with
such force it caused massive internal injuries.
Police believe speed was a factor in the accident.
"It's a minority that are bringing all quad bike drivers into
disrepute. The enforcement of quad bikes will go up and
people need to be aware they should be wearing safety
"They need to be more responsible, they shouldn't let kids
drive or drive a quad without a licence. There are
instructions on new bikes that say you should not carry more
than one person."
Rosie's owner, Kay Hamilton, said she was "on cloud nine" to
discover a man had been charged after she identified someone
in a photo line-up. "It's given some closure to that chapter
so I can begin to move on. It's a dangerous thing he did, it
was just such cruelty."
She wanted to clarify that she never let Rosie off her leash,
except on the beach when there weren't many people around.
The tiny terrier was always restrained when walking the
region's Rotary pathways or hiking up Te Mata Peak, which
they did regularly on weekends.
- Hawke's Bay Today