Family demand action after pet dog Basil is killed at New Forest campsiite

Family horror as pet dog killed in front of them

Aide Callaghan and famly

Family horror as pet dog killed in front of them

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A HEARTBROKEN family are demanding action at a Hampshire campsite after their pet dog was killed in front of them.

They were walking through the giant Setthorns facility near Sway when seven-year-old Basil was run over by a vehicle that appeared to be travelling at four times the 5mph limit.

Basil died later that day after vets lost a six-hour battle to save the badly injured terrier.

Daily Echo:

His owner, marketing manager Adie Callaghan, fears a child could be killed at Setthorns unless campsite bosses reinforce the speed limit by putting up more signs.

But officials said “appropriate”

signage was already in place – and added that Basil should have been on a lead.

Adie, 41, of Sway, was with her 15-month-old daughter Rosie when the accident happened.

“Basil suddenly took off after a squirrel and crossed a track where vehicles were coming through the gate,” she said.

“I saw a silver-coloured 4x4 coming up at a fair speed and the inevitable happened.

“Luckily I didn’t see the actual collision as some trees were in the way, but the noise Basil made as he was hit will go with me to my grave.

Daily Echo:

“The driver was very apologetic, saying he simply hadn’t seen Basil.

He didn’t even realise he’d hit anything until he felt his vehicle go over something.

“We rushed Basil to the vets but his body had been through too much.

“We’ve been cheated of the most incredible family dog.

He was one in a million and we’re totally devastated.

“The house feels empty and our fouryear- old son Charlie is inconsolable.”

Adie estimates that the vehicle was travelling at about 20mph.

“There’s no way it was travelling within the 5mph speed limit at Setthorns. If it had, according to the vet, we’d have had a different outcome,”

she said.

“On this occasion it was our beloved dog, but on another it could be a child.”

Setthorns is run by the Camping and Caravanning Club in partnership with the Forestry Commission.

A club spokesman said: “We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our campsite users and have strict policies in place. One of these is that we ask all users to keep their dogs on a lead.

“We also enforce the strict speed limits on all our sites and have appropriate signage in place.”

Adie said they always kept Basil on a lead during the summer but the campsite was deserted in winter.

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12:39pm Sun 19 Jan 14

KA says...

Aww so sad.. RIP Basil x condolences to the family X
Aww so sad.. RIP Basil x condolences to the family X KA
  • Score: 19

12:43pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Brite Spark says...

How's the squirrel?
How's the squirrel? Brite Spark
  • Score: -37

12:45pm Sun 19 Jan 14

downfader says...

5mph is a brisk walking pace. Something I imagine a dog could avoid. So it does kind of put the driver in poor light...
5mph is a brisk walking pace. Something I imagine a dog could avoid. So it does kind of put the driver in poor light... downfader
  • Score: 15

12:45pm Sun 19 Jan 14

The Jim Bean says...

You'll have to forgive him, his from Barcelona.
You'll have to forgive him, his from Barcelona. The Jim Bean
  • Score: -33

12:46pm Sun 19 Jan 14

eurogordi says...

Very sad, but I'm not sure the camp site can be blamed for the dangerous driving of others using the road. I also agree that dogs should be kept on leads, especially in areas where the dog may not have been before and would naturally following its inquisitive instincts.
Very sad, but I'm not sure the camp site can be blamed for the dangerous driving of others using the road. I also agree that dogs should be kept on leads, especially in areas where the dog may not have been before and would naturally following its inquisitive instincts. eurogordi
  • Score: 45

12:46pm Sun 19 Jan 14

riddler76 says...

So they broke the rule about keeping all dogs on a lead, but they want the rule about speedlimits enforced more strongly, smacks of double standards to me. Take some responsibility, your dog - at least partly yourt fault.
So they broke the rule about keeping all dogs on a lead, but they want the rule about speedlimits enforced more strongly, smacks of double standards to me. Take some responsibility, your dog - at least partly yourt fault. riddler76
  • Score: 64

12:48pm Sun 19 Jan 14

sotongirlie says...

Damand??
Damand?? sotongirlie
  • Score: -6

12:53pm Sun 19 Jan 14

downfader says...

riddler76 wrote:
So they broke the rule about keeping all dogs on a lead, but they want the rule about speedlimits enforced more strongly, smacks of double standards to me. Take some responsibility, your dog - at least partly yourt fault.
I would say the responsibility of the dog owner is less than for the driver. The motorist posed the greater risk (weight, speed, visibility/hearing etc). Agree the animal should have been on a leash and its a terrible lesson for any pet owner..
[quote][p][bold]riddler76[/bold] wrote: So they broke the rule about keeping all dogs on a lead, but they want the rule about speedlimits enforced more strongly, smacks of double standards to me. Take some responsibility, your dog - at least partly yourt fault.[/p][/quote]I would say the responsibility of the dog owner is less than for the driver. The motorist posed the greater risk (weight, speed, visibility/hearing etc). Agree the animal should have been on a leash and its a terrible lesson for any pet owner.. downfader
  • Score: 10

1:08pm Sun 19 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

So if the dog had killed the squirrel that would have been ok?
So if the dog had killed the squirrel that would have been ok? bigfella777
  • Score: -14

1:58pm Sun 19 Jan 14

saint61 says...

downfader wrote:
riddler76 wrote:
So they broke the rule about keeping all dogs on a lead, but they want the rule about speedlimits enforced more strongly, smacks of double standards to me. Take some responsibility, your dog - at least partly yourt fault.
I would say the responsibility of the dog owner is less than for the driver. The motorist posed the greater risk (weight, speed, visibility/hearing etc). Agree the animal should have been on a leash and its a terrible lesson for any pet owner..
Just blame the cyclist
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]riddler76[/bold] wrote: So they broke the rule about keeping all dogs on a lead, but they want the rule about speedlimits enforced more strongly, smacks of double standards to me. Take some responsibility, your dog - at least partly yourt fault.[/p][/quote]I would say the responsibility of the dog owner is less than for the driver. The motorist posed the greater risk (weight, speed, visibility/hearing etc). Agree the animal should have been on a leash and its a terrible lesson for any pet owner..[/p][/quote]Just blame the cyclist saint61
  • Score: 6

2:21pm Sun 19 Jan 14

issacchunt says...

Bob Barnes wrote:
The Jim Bean wrote:
You'll have to forgive him, his from Barcelona.
You fkkg low life bstd this was someones pet, people like you should have been shot at birth, I would like to meet you in a dark street
Calm down and and look at what you typed, sad as it is for all concerned dogs should be on leads when near cars at any speed. A dog much like a toddler does not see the danger and you would'nt leave a toddler to walk free near a moving car.

No way did the car driver aim for the dog, the dogs owners chose to let the dog run free. It could of easily happened at 5mph as well.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Barnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jim Bean[/bold] wrote: You'll have to forgive him, his from Barcelona.[/p][/quote]You fkkg low life bstd this was someones pet, people like you should have been shot at birth, I would like to meet you in a dark street[/p][/quote]Calm down and and look at what you typed, sad as it is for all concerned dogs should be on leads when near cars at any speed. A dog much like a toddler does not see the danger and you would'nt leave a toddler to walk free near a moving car. No way did the car driver aim for the dog, the dogs owners chose to let the dog run free. It could of easily happened at 5mph as well. issacchunt
  • Score: 29

2:25pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Billy Bowl says...

At the end of the day its just a dog is there absolutely no news worth reporting today.
At the end of the day its just a dog is there absolutely no news worth reporting today. Billy Bowl
  • Score: -3

2:26pm Sun 19 Jan 14

issacchunt says...

Billy Bowl wrote:
At the end of the day its just a dog is there absolutely no news worth reporting today.
You brave boy. Wait for it?
[quote][p][bold]Billy Bowl[/bold] wrote: At the end of the day its just a dog is there absolutely no news worth reporting today.[/p][/quote]You brave boy. Wait for it? issacchunt
  • Score: 7

2:33pm Sun 19 Jan 14

acid drop says...

Putting up more speed limit signs will not make any difference if a driver is going to speed he will regardless of any signs
Putting up more speed limit signs will not make any difference if a driver is going to speed he will regardless of any signs acid drop
  • Score: 10

4:57pm Sun 19 Jan 14

ranger_bob says...

Why is it whenever there is a story about a dog on dog attack or a dor runover ny a car this line, “On this occasion it was our beloved dog, but on another it could be a child.” , is trotted out? Do they seriously think it makes the story more dramatic?
Why is it whenever there is a story about a dog on dog attack or a dor runover ny a car this line, “On this occasion it was our beloved dog, but on another it could be a child.” , is trotted out? Do they seriously think it makes the story more dramatic? ranger_bob
  • Score: 11

5:18pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

Stupid childish 4x4 drivers speeding again! Give us his reg number and we can wring his stupid neck.
Stupid childish 4x4 drivers speeding again! Give us his reg number and we can wring his stupid neck. Turtlebay
  • Score: -12

5:20pm Sun 19 Jan 14

issacchunt says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Stupid childish 4x4 drivers speeding again! Give us his reg number and we can wring his stupid neck.
I would'nt trust you with a dog, does your carer know you're at the pc?
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Stupid childish 4x4 drivers speeding again! Give us his reg number and we can wring his stupid neck.[/p][/quote]I would'nt trust you with a dog, does your carer know you're at the pc? issacchunt
  • Score: 10

5:22pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

The squirrel is now being treated for shock at a local animal hospital
The squirrel is now being treated for shock at a local animal hospital Mary80
  • Score: 3

5:23pm Sun 19 Jan 14

issacchunt says...

ranger_bob wrote:
Why is it whenever there is a story about a dog on dog attack or a dor runover ny a car this line, “On this occasion it was our beloved dog, but on another it could be a child.” , is trotted out? Do they seriously think it makes the story more dramatic?
If you did'nt look after your child and just let it run free by moving vehicles hopefully you'd be reported to social services.

People are kicking off due to feeling guilty for not having proper control of the dog, accidents do on occasion happen.
[quote][p][bold]ranger_bob[/bold] wrote: Why is it whenever there is a story about a dog on dog attack or a dor runover ny a car this line, “On this occasion it was our beloved dog, but on another it could be a child.” , is trotted out? Do they seriously think it makes the story more dramatic?[/p][/quote]If you did'nt look after your child and just let it run free by moving vehicles hopefully you'd be reported to social services. People are kicking off due to feeling guilty for not having proper control of the dog, accidents do on occasion happen. issacchunt
  • Score: 15

6:14pm Sun 19 Jan 14

downfader says...

ranger_bob wrote:
Why is it whenever there is a story about a dog on dog attack or a dor runover ny a car this line, “On this occasion it was our beloved dog, but on another it could be a child.” , is trotted out? Do they seriously think it makes the story more dramatic?
Agree. Children are irrelevant to this story. The emphasis is on mistakes being made and that a leash on the dog and slowing down in the car are the relevant bits.
[quote][p][bold]ranger_bob[/bold] wrote: Why is it whenever there is a story about a dog on dog attack or a dor runover ny a car this line, “On this occasion it was our beloved dog, but on another it could be a child.” , is trotted out? Do they seriously think it makes the story more dramatic?[/p][/quote]Agree. Children are irrelevant to this story. The emphasis is on mistakes being made and that a leash on the dog and slowing down in the car are the relevant bits. downfader
  • Score: 9

6:26pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Richard 51 says...

Motorist kill a lot of things in the New Forest don't they, unlike cyclists
Motorist kill a lot of things in the New Forest don't they, unlike cyclists Richard 51
  • Score: -2

7:58pm Sun 19 Jan 14

menotyou says...

Personally when walking in an area accessible to cars i tend to keep my dog on a lead and my children (who are educated on road safetey) close by. This is the fault of the dog owners, not the person "possibly" speeding on private property.
Personally when walking in an area accessible to cars i tend to keep my dog on a lead and my children (who are educated on road safetey) close by. This is the fault of the dog owners, not the person "possibly" speeding on private property. menotyou
  • Score: 12

8:17pm Sun 19 Jan 14

dolomiteman says...

The campsite rules state that dogs should be kept under control, okay so the car was 'speeding' but how is this the fault of the campsite owners, you will find that the rules are in the leaflet handed out to all campers so its equal blame between the driver and dog owner.
The campsite rules state that dogs should be kept under control, okay so the car was 'speeding' but how is this the fault of the campsite owners, you will find that the rules are in the leaflet handed out to all campers so its equal blame between the driver and dog owner. dolomiteman
  • Score: 6

9:55pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Mckinkle says...

So sorry to hear of this family's loss.

And as for the majority of commentators on this subject: 'get a life'!

Let the person who has never broken a single rule be the first to castigate this couple.

I for one would also want my dogs to have a free run whilst in the New Forest especially during a quiet Winter break.
Animals (including dogs) have been running free in forests for much longer than cars or even cyclists.

I find the current trend of banning dogs from most places to be totally abhorrent and it is about time that dog owners were not treated like 2nd class citizens.
So sorry to hear of this family's loss. And as for the majority of commentators on this subject: 'get a life'! Let the person who has never broken a single rule be the first to castigate this couple. I for one would also want my dogs to have a free run whilst in the New Forest especially during a quiet Winter break. Animals (including dogs) have been running free in forests for much longer than cars or even cyclists. I find the current trend of banning dogs from most places to be totally abhorrent and it is about time that dog owners were not treated like 2nd class citizens. Mckinkle
  • Score: 2

8:52am Mon 20 Jan 14

ranger_bob says...

Mckinkle wrote:
So sorry to hear of this family's loss.

And as for the majority of commentators on this subject: 'get a life'!

Let the person who has never broken a single rule be the first to castigate this couple.

I for one would also want my dogs to have a free run whilst in the New Forest especially during a quiet Winter break.
Animals (including dogs) have been running free in forests for much longer than cars or even cyclists.

I find the current trend of banning dogs from most places to be totally abhorrent and it is about time that dog owners were not treated like 2nd class citizens.
Dogs were never allowed to run wild in The New Forest as it was a royal hunting forest.

Any dog found in the confines of the forest would have to have been declawed to stop them hunting. Sounds like a sensible idea for the modern era to me.

So in answer to your bold assertion of the current trend of banning dogs it's not. It is in fact a traditional practise and since New forest inhabitants like tradition let's restart this one!
[quote][p][bold]Mckinkle[/bold] wrote: So sorry to hear of this family's loss. And as for the majority of commentators on this subject: 'get a life'! Let the person who has never broken a single rule be the first to castigate this couple. I for one would also want my dogs to have a free run whilst in the New Forest especially during a quiet Winter break. Animals (including dogs) have been running free in forests for much longer than cars or even cyclists. I find the current trend of banning dogs from most places to be totally abhorrent and it is about time that dog owners were not treated like 2nd class citizens.[/p][/quote]Dogs were never allowed to run wild in The New Forest as it was a royal hunting forest. Any dog found in the confines of the forest would have to have been declawed to stop them hunting. Sounds like a sensible idea for the modern era to me. So in answer to your bold assertion of the current trend of banning dogs it's not. It is in fact a traditional practise and since New forest inhabitants like tradition let's restart this one! ranger_bob
  • Score: 1

9:02am Mon 20 Jan 14

GosportBorn says...

We go to Setthorns regularly love the tranquility at Pine Tops, since the bridge has been closed traffic has to go downhill, get out of vehicle, open the gate then uphill stretch and vice versa the vehicle may have been a little faster on the downhill bit due to the extreme wetness but would have had to slow down and stop for the gate, there are plenty of signs and the Wardens constantly check the site, as a camper we are asked to keep our pets on leads on site, we wait until we reach the open no traffic areas to let them off like others. This approach is very busy as the only way to get to main part of site. Main point being very sad hate to think of what that little dog went through but at the end of the day its down to the owners to protect their pet and keep it on a lead near vehicles.
We go to Setthorns regularly love the tranquility at Pine Tops, since the bridge has been closed traffic has to go downhill, get out of vehicle, open the gate then uphill stretch and vice versa the vehicle may have been a little faster on the downhill bit due to the extreme wetness but would have had to slow down and stop for the gate, there are plenty of signs and the Wardens constantly check the site, as a camper we are asked to keep our pets on leads on site, we wait until we reach the open no traffic areas to let them off like others. This approach is very busy as the only way to get to main part of site. Main point being very sad hate to think of what that little dog went through but at the end of the day its down to the owners to protect their pet and keep it on a lead near vehicles. GosportBorn
  • Score: 6

9:48am Mon 20 Jan 14

S!monOn says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Stupid childish 4x4 drivers speeding again! Give us his reg number and we can wring his stupid neck.
Very stupid indeed. Threats like this could have wider implications and potentially real vigilante attacks. Why do you want to promote violence? Do you feel we not have enough of it? You utter moron.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Stupid childish 4x4 drivers speeding again! Give us his reg number and we can wring his stupid neck.[/p][/quote]Very stupid indeed. Threats like this could have wider implications and potentially real vigilante attacks. Why do you want to promote violence? Do you feel we not have enough of it? You utter moron. S!monOn
  • Score: 3

11:38am Mon 20 Jan 14

SotonLad says...

As tragic as it is for the family the dog should have been on a lead - fact.

I don't see the need to go running to the media.
As tragic as it is for the family the dog should have been on a lead - fact. I don't see the need to go running to the media. SotonLad
  • Score: 1

1:11pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Forest Resident says...

Mckinkle wrote:
So sorry to hear of this family's loss. And as for the majority of commentators on this subject: 'get a life'! Let the person who has never broken a single rule be the first to castigate this couple. I for one would also want my dogs to have a free run whilst in the New Forest especially during a quiet Winter break. Animals (including dogs) have been running free in forests for much longer than cars or even cyclists. I find the current trend of banning dogs from most places to be totally abhorrent and it is about time that dog owners were not treated like 2nd class citizens.
Whats undoubtedly more abhorrent and a direct hazard to human health is taking ones young children for a walk in the New Forest and having to spend the first half mile of each walk dodging the inordinate amount of filthy dog excrement left by irresponsible dog owners. Dog fouling is littering, it will not break down in the same way that horse and cattle faeces do so should be bagged up and placed in the bins provided in the car parks, not left on the open forest for others to inadvertantly tread in. I wish the NPA would get off their backsides and do something about this disgusting issue, it seems to be cenrtred around New Forest car parks so should be relatviely easy to enforce, indeed, if banning dogs from the New Forest is the answer then im all for it.
[quote][p][bold]Mckinkle[/bold] wrote: So sorry to hear of this family's loss. And as for the majority of commentators on this subject: 'get a life'! Let the person who has never broken a single rule be the first to castigate this couple. I for one would also want my dogs to have a free run whilst in the New Forest especially during a quiet Winter break. Animals (including dogs) have been running free in forests for much longer than cars or even cyclists. I find the current trend of banning dogs from most places to be totally abhorrent and it is about time that dog owners were not treated like 2nd class citizens.[/p][/quote]Whats undoubtedly more abhorrent and a direct hazard to human health is taking ones young children for a walk in the New Forest and having to spend the first half mile of each walk dodging the inordinate amount of filthy dog excrement left by irresponsible dog owners. Dog fouling is littering, it will not break down in the same way that horse and cattle faeces do so should be bagged up and placed in the bins provided in the car parks, not left on the open forest for others to inadvertantly tread in. I wish the NPA would get off their backsides and do something about this disgusting issue, it seems to be cenrtred around New Forest car parks so should be relatviely easy to enforce, indeed, if banning dogs from the New Forest is the answer then im all for it. Forest Resident
  • Score: 1

2:36pm Mon 20 Jan 14

LadySam says...

So sorry to hear the dog died, however it was a tragic accident. My Doberman chased a deer across the road at Matley Wood and was struck by a car. She recovered but at the end of the day it was not the driver's fault - I wasn't quick enough to put her back on the lead when I spotted the deer. Sadly these things happen.
So sorry to hear the dog died, however it was a tragic accident. My Doberman chased a deer across the road at Matley Wood and was struck by a car. She recovered but at the end of the day it was not the driver's fault - I wasn't quick enough to put her back on the lead when I spotted the deer. Sadly these things happen. LadySam
  • Score: 3

5:56pm Mon 20 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

Just for the record these are the official New Forest byelaws on the control of dogs in the forest;
xii.
permit any animal in his charge to be out of control;

xiv.
permit a dog for which he is responsible to d
isturb, worry or chase any bird or animal or,
on being requested by an officer of the Commissioners, fail to keep the dog on a leash

In other words a sad event but the owners were breaking the byelaws and that is that.
Just for the record these are the official New Forest byelaws on the control of dogs in the forest; xii. permit any animal in his charge to be out of control; xiv. permit a dog for which he is responsible to d isturb, worry or chase any bird or animal or, on being requested by an officer of the Commissioners, fail to keep the dog on a leash In other words a sad event but the owners were breaking the byelaws and that is that. bigfella777
  • Score: 0

9:39pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Sooz1988 says...

get a grip you lot.
get a grip you lot. Sooz1988
  • Score: 0

10:19pm Mon 20 Jan 14

dolomiteman says...

Sooz1988 wrote:
get a grip you lot.
A grip on what... the dog lead?
[quote][p][bold]Sooz1988[/bold] wrote: get a grip you lot.[/p][/quote]A grip on what... the dog lead? dolomiteman
  • Score: 0

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