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messagedog hit by car near Peckham Rye
Posted by DadOf4 31 December, 2019 09:14

yesterday (30 December) I saw a terrible accident where a dog was hit by a car just outside the gates of Peckham Rye (near Herne Tavern)
She was a greyhound (called Lola I think)
If anybody knows the owner, I'd really love to find out how she's doing and to send my best.

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Posted by Kathryn Almond 31 December, 2019 15:58

Thank you for your message of support. It was our lovely Florence (Flo) that was hit when she ran out of the park. Were you the man that offered to take her to the vet in your car?

She's suffered a bad knock to the chest and has broken her left hip in 4 places. She's at the emergency vet in Camberwell until her hip operation on Thursday, sedated and stable. This is to allow her lung function time to improve prior to surgery.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who came to help and offer support, and a particular thank you to the pharmacist and her daughter at Foster and Sons. Not only did they allow us to take over the floor of the chemist's shop, but they gave us blankets and went into emergency aid mode, staunching the wound and attempting to put butterfly sutures on so that we could move her to the car. (Don't worry, I have been to thank them in person).

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Posted by DadOf4 31 December, 2019 17:52

yes, I was the first there -poor Flo was so scared - I am so relieved that she is OK, have not been able to stop thinking about her.

wishing her a speedy recovery

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Posted by Treehugger2 31 December, 2019 18:40

So sorry to hear about Flo’s injuries, and wishing her a speedy recovery. It was very distressing to all who were there. I have to add that the pharmacist and her daughter were so helpful and kind. What a horrible thing to happen over what should be a time of celebration. Thinking of Flo and her family.

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Posted by Ontherun January 01, 04:45PM

So sorry to hear about this - we will keep everything crossed for Flo's surgery on Thursday, wishing her a very speedy recovery and sending her family a big hug at this difficult time xx

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Posted by Sue January 01, 07:23PM

Good wishes to all concerned.

Did the car stop? The driver must have been quite shocked too sad smiley

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Posted by Kathryn Almond January 02, 08:44AM

The car did stop. Flo's in for her surgery now.

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Posted by Gubodge January 02, 02:42PM

Fingers crossed for Flo, and I hope she has a speedy recovery. At least it's not too hard keeping greyhounds bedbound for their convalescence.

Our grey ran out from the same gates when she was chased by two dogs. Luckily it was when the lights were red, but time stood still while I waited to hear the squeal of brakes. It must have been so frightening for both you and Flo.

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Posted by Sue January 03, 04:57PM

Any news re Flo? Hope the surgery went as well as it could do.

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Posted by Jules-and-Boo January 03, 05:40PM

have the gates been reported as being unsecurable?

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Posted by ED Bird January 03, 05:48PM

Do they not have a notice on the gates, like those at Goose Green, to keep the gates closed at all times?
It sounds like this isn't the first & wont be the last time this happens unless it is reported.

How terrifying for both of you. I'm terribly sorry to hear this happened.
I hope Flo pulls through with a full recovery; both mentally & physically.

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Posted by Sue January 03, 07:09PM

ED Bird Wrote:
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> Do they not have a notice on the gates, like those
> at Goose Green, to keep the gates closed at all
> times?


Some people either don't see such notices or just ignore them, unfortunately.

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Posted by MrsR January 03, 07:38PM

Yes, but they could be on a spring so that they close automatically.

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Posted by carlafindle January 03, 07:50PM

MrsR Wrote:
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> Yes, but they could be on a spring so that they
> close automatically.


Indeed there could be a self shutting device but there isn't... and idiots don't bother shutting the gate properly.

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Posted by johnie January 04, 11:26AM

Those are the main park gates and aren't supposed to be closed while the park is open. I walk our dog there every day, and it is always a worry, but it isn't about people not closing the gates.

Wishing Flo a full recovery, it's my nightmare...



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messageRe: dog hit by car near Peckham Rye
Posted by Spikey January 04, 11:34AM

Contact the local councillor/council to ask for self-closing gates and notices to be installed.

We did this a few years ago at Goose Green after our new puppy ran out onto the main street through an open gate.

It was sorted pretty quickly if I recall.



ED Bird Wrote:
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> Do they not have a notice on the gates, like those
> at Goose Green, to keep the gates closed at all
> times?
> It sounds like this isn't the first & wont be the
> last time this happens unless it is reported.
>

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Posted by carpe_diem January 05, 10:40PM

I was standing outside the doctor's surgery last Monday and saw this happen. As a dog owner myself it was really awful to witness an animal in distress but very reassuring to see people helping Flo so quickly and effectively. I hope she is on the mend and that the operation went well.

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Posted by Kathryn Almond January 11, 09:22AM

Flo is making good progress and we thank you for all your kind messages. She's had a femoral head ostectomy (removing the ball and socket joint from the top of the femur). Her chest injuries have recovered well and she is now able to get up and walk a short distance.

She's not lost her sweet nature and the prognosis is good. We only rescued her in August, so it's a relief that she hasn't lost her trust in us, even though we've had to make her move when she is uncomfortable.

Good advice about the PRP gate. I've often worried about small children who leave the park on their scooters through that gate.

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Posted by J27 January 11, 12:13PM

Great news about Flo - hope she continues to recover well!
I totally agree about the gate. Recently our dog ran out of it and across the road - luckily the two drivers were going slowly because of the lights so he - and they - were unharmed. I've seen other dogs do the same as well. Even the best behaved dog can sometimes run off - maybe if being chased, or if it sees / smells something across the road - in our case it's food and rubbish on the floor by the bins or on Piermont Green (he's a labrador!).
And yes, I've seen children speeding down that path on foot or scooter, straight towards the busy road.
It's a dangerous spot, and it would be good to keep the gate closed as is done in some other parks. Maybe a sign on the gate? It might cause inconvenience to some people, which of course would be a real shame. But I think preventing more accidents is more important. As far as I know there have been no fatalities yet - but there could be, and a horrible injury like poor Flo's is bad enough. There is a clear danger to dogs and children, and to drivers and cyclists in the road - and it could be prevented.



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Posted by J27 January 12, 12:00PM

Thanks Spikey - that's really useful to know. I'm going to try to do this for the PRP gate.
Just wondering if anyone else has contacted the council about the gates yet, or is thinking about doing so ...
Could be more effective if lots of us raise it...

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Posted by alice January 12, 01:03PM

How many years has that gate been open leave it as it is.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was january 12, 06:07pm by alice.

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Posted by Jrice18 January 12, 06:31PM

How many years did we use asbestos? Should we have left that as it was!?

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Posted by alice January 12, 06:33PM

Ok but there is real evidence to show asbestos is dangerous.

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Posted by Jrice18 January 12, 06:36PM

Ask Flo if there is evidence that the gate is dangerous

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Posted by alice January 12, 06:39PM

I said evidence not anecdote.

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Posted by Kathryn Almond January 12, 06:41PM

I've emailed my local councillor, Maggie Browning.

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Posted by se22cat January 12, 07:00PM

Really sad to read about what happened to Flo; cannot imagine how distressing that would have been for you. Heartwarming to hear about the immediate help and support you had and that they are on the way to recovery. Will also contact the local councilor about the gate.

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Posted by alice January 12, 07:18PM

Just had an unpleasant pm from ED bird.

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Posted by alice January 12, 07:19PM

ED why not make it public.

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Posted by J27 January 12, 08:31PM

Thanks KA and SE22cat. I'll contact her too.

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