Greyhound dies after running into exercise equipment in long grass in Nork

Blue Desire with Michael White's son Nick

Blue Desire with Michael White's son Nick

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A much-loved greyhound was fatally injured on Wednesday when she collided with exercise equipment hidden in long grass in a park.

Distraught owner Michael White, 56, of Roundwood View, Banstead, said his beloved dog, Blue Desire, broke her back the accident in Nork Park at 8am.

Mr White, who warned that the hidden equipment is also a danger to children and cyclists, said: "I lost my dog tragically. She suffered terribly for an hour before she was put down. It was absolutely terrible."

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He carried Blue back to his car, with help from another dog walker, and drove her to Priory Vets, in Tadworth High Street, then specialists in Reigate and Ockley.

But in the end he said: "There was no way back."

Mr White said: "It is very worrying having that danger lurking in the long grass. I think it was outrageous that it was allowed to grow over the equipment."

Mr White complained to Reigate and Banstead Council which has promised to cut the long grass.

He said: "The council has installed equipment that is effectively impossible to use because of the overgrown nature of the grass and it has become dangerous.

"There is evidence it is a real and present danger because of what happened to Blue. Obviously it’s very upsetting for the whole family."

Mr White said Blue had raced quite a lot and had a win in Catford before her retirement about a year ago.

He described her as an "absolutely lovely greyhound", who was soppy and scared of her own shadow.

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Blue Desire takes part in a greyhound race

His son Nick, who works in the greyhound training industry, took Blue in as a pet but gave her to them before the birth of his first child.

Mr White said: "It was Nick's intention to breed Blue so he has lost out financially by several thousand pounds. We have only had Blue since February and she was settling in nicely with our other dog.

"She had just settled into being a domestic pet but still had her turn of speed, which was her downfall."

A spokeswoman at Reigate and Banstead Council said: "Mr White has been in touch with us and we are sorry to learn about what happened to his dog.

"We can understand how distressing it must be for him and his family. We have arranged for the grass in that area to be cut and the matter is being further investigated."

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10:49am Sat 28 Jun 14

Noddyblanket says...

That's so sad. What a waste of his life. Poor dog :-(
That's so sad. What a waste of his life. Poor dog :-( Noddyblanket
  • Score: 13

10:50am Sat 28 Jun 14

Noddyblanket says...

*her life sorry
*her life sorry Noddyblanket
  • Score: 4

1:53pm Sat 28 Jun 14

alroutemaster says...

Very sad about the dog. There was another story recently where some stupid woman tripped over a "Keep off the grass" sign and sued for damages. This dog owner should definitely sue the council, although it won't bring his poor dog back.
Very sad about the dog. There was another story recently where some stupid woman tripped over a "Keep off the grass" sign and sued for damages. This dog owner should definitely sue the council, although it won't bring his poor dog back. alroutemaster
  • Score: 12

6:28pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Zoon_Politikon says...

The hazard is very evident to see. The poor greyhound should never have been off the lead in this area. What an irresponsible, or simply ignorant, owner.
The hazard is very evident to see. The poor greyhound should never have been off the lead in this area. What an irresponsible, or simply ignorant, owner. Zoon_Politikon
  • Score: -31

8:47am Mon 30 Jun 14

EwellMan says...

The long grass is the Councils new policy on Grass Cutting, they call it "Making a Nature Reserve" i call it saving money.
The long grass is the Councils new policy on Grass Cutting, they call it "Making a Nature Reserve" i call it saving money. EwellMan
  • Score: 5

11:18am Mon 30 Jun 14

jswan1 says...

Cut the grass or remove the objects, simple. The dog must have been running at an incredible speed to break its back in the collision. I'm just glad it wasn't a toddler in its path.
Cut the grass or remove the objects, simple. The dog must have been running at an incredible speed to break its back in the collision. I'm just glad it wasn't a toddler in its path. jswan1
  • Score: 0

4:09pm Mon 30 Jun 14

labyrinth says...

These machines have no place in a park - just as the 'fitness groups' which spoil the quiet enjoyment of others, should be banned. Both ought to be in gyms or halls.
These machines have no place in a park - just as the 'fitness groups' which spoil the quiet enjoyment of others, should be banned. Both ought to be in gyms or halls. labyrinth
  • Score: -3

8:15pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Wilson2408 says...

So so sad. We know the owner from walking our own dog in the park and know that the poor dog was fully trained off the lead and only ran at speed when there wasn't anybody or other dogs about as she was quite shy and quiet. She always came when called and was so obviously happy running free with the owners other dog. Extremely ignorant comments on here about the dog running free as she would deliberately avoid people or other dogs and kept herself to herself and especially ignorant and incentive comments about the owner as he had worked extremely hard with the dog to ensure she was safe around people and dogs. A terrible loss.
So so sad. We know the owner from walking our own dog in the park and know that the poor dog was fully trained off the lead and only ran at speed when there wasn't anybody or other dogs about as she was quite shy and quiet. She always came when called and was so obviously happy running free with the owners other dog. Extremely ignorant comments on here about the dog running free as she would deliberately avoid people or other dogs and kept herself to herself and especially ignorant and incentive comments about the owner as he had worked extremely hard with the dog to ensure she was safe around people and dogs. A terrible loss. Wilson2408
  • Score: 10

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