CLOSE CALL: Kylie James with Poppy, who was hit by a motorbike in the
CLOSE CALL: Kylie James with Poppy, who was hit by a motorbike in the "no vehicle access" area. CONTRIBUTED

Dog targeted by beach bike rider

TAKING a stroll with owner Kylie James and a friend, little Poppy, an eight-month old german pincher, was run down by a motorbike on Farnborough Beach at Bangalee last week.Loving owner Naturally, Kylie was  said she was truly distressed as she saw stood by and watched her precious pooch run down, but she was also bewildered by the fact that  because the heartless motorbike rider didn't bother to stop after the incident."It was a low tide and we were walking near the waterline when it happened," Kylie said."The bike came out of nowhere, tearing down the beach and Poppy started to bark. That's when the bike came alongside Poppy and the rider threw its back wheel out, hitting Poppy in the head and chest before he accelerated further down the beach."Poppy was bleeding from her mouth and nose and she had swelled up around her jaw."At first I couldn't get her to move ... she went into shock."Kylie said she thought she and her pet were safe, given they were strolling south of the Bangalee ramp which she believed to be a vehicle-free zone."This whole incident has been upsetting for me and Poppy - who has had to endure treatment from our veterinarian for her injuries," Kylie said."Fortunately, after a large vet bill and some TLC, Poppy is recovering well."I have heard so many stories of close calls on this section of beach that is supposed to be vehicle free and I think it is time the authorities stepped up their policing of the area to ensure the safety of all the people who use the beach and their pets."A Rockhampton Regional Council spokesperson said Farnborough Beach south of the Bangalee boat ramp is a council-controlled area, falling under Rockhampton Regional Council's local law no 4. "This area is a restricted area and only permitted vehicles are allowed to access the area," the spokesperson said."No unauthorised motorised vehicles are allowed to travel on Farnborough Beach area south of the Bangalee boat ramp and any individuals found to be in breach of a local law are liable for penalties and /or prosecution."  



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