Why did my pet cats die like this on Donington road?

Pet lover Caroline Durrant walks her dogs beside the road that claimed the lives of two of her cats within four days. SG080815-048mf
Pet lover Caroline Durrant walks her dogs beside the road that claimed the lives of two of her cats within four days. SG080815-048mf
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An animal lover was left in shock after two of her rescue cats were run over and killed within four days.

The deaths of the two pets on a 50mph stretch of Quadring Road at Donington has prompted calls for the 30mph limit to be extended out from the village centre, at least covering homes either side of the T-junctions of Town Dam Lane and Pinder Lane.

You were witnessed hitting the cat and speeding off obviously in too much of a hurry to stop and see if the cat was dead or could have been helped.

District councillor Jane King

Dog trainer Caroline Durrant (37) adopted two adult female cats and two black kittens, Splodge and Kitty, in April.

One ‘mum’ disappeared within a couple of weeks, and is presumed dead, and both kittens have now lost their lives – one was killed outright on Wednesday morning of last week and the second was left fatally injured in a hit and run on Saturday night.

Caroline said a passer-by found her pet still alive on Saturday but, sadly, the kitten had died by the time she was alerted and went to check.

Caroline and her neighbour, district councillor Jane King, are calling for an extension of Donington’s 30mph limit – even making it a continuos 30mph limit to link with the 30mph limit in Quadring – because the spot where they live has become so dangerous.

Jane went out to see if she could help on Saturday night.

She said: “It’s time that the speed limit on Quadring Road was re-looked at as there are lots of families living along here now – and, as bad as it was checking to see if the cat was dead, I am so very thankful I wasn’t doing that and looking at a person.”

She was blunt about the Transit driver who left the cat for dead.

Jane said: “You were witnessed hitting the cat and speeding off obviously in too much of a hurry to stop and see if the cat was dead or could have been helped.”

Caroline said the four rescue cats she took home in April were wild and had lived outdoors so it would have been cruel to have kept them cooped up in the house.

The two kittens had stayed on her property until the last couple of weeks, when they decided to hunt in the field opposite the house which meant they were crossing the road.

She says some drivers exceed the 50mph limit and 30mph limits – her house is only about 50 yards from the end of the 30mph limit.

“Sometimes drivers come through so fast that they actually rattle my house,” said Caroline. “We have got children walking along here and the footpaths are really narrow.”

The deaths of her pets has been “soul destroying”.

Caroline said: “I kind of feel like I have let them down and it’s my fault. I feel like I have let them down and I have let the rescue centre down.”

The A152 through Gosberton, Quadring and Donington links with the A52 and drivers of cars and lorries use it as a short-cut to the A16.

Lincolnshire County Council highways department says it has a policy on speed limits and speed enforcement is a matter for the police.

A highways spokesman said: “Lincolnshire is a large, rural county and we need to balance the needs of the local community with those of motorists.

“Our speed limits are set in accordance with our speed limit policy, taking into account a range of factors, such as the number of nearby properties. However, all requests for a review are logged and investigations carried out as and when resources allow.”

• Coun Jane King says there’s an issue with heavy lorries shaking homes on Donington High Street and a similar complaint has been raised in Gosberton along with other concerns.

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