Owner’s plea to cyclists after dog badly hurt in King’s Lynn park collision

Donna Tibbs with her dog Fynn, who was hit by a cyclist in the Walks King's Lynn. ANL-150510-095832009
Donna Tibbs with her dog Fynn, who was hit by a cyclist in the Walks King's Lynn. ANL-150510-095832009
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A dog owner has pleaded with cyclists to take more care after her pet was injured in a collision with a bike.

Donna Tibbs says the life of her puppy Fynn was saved by emergency treatment following the incident in the Walks last Friday.

Although he has now recovered, she hopes that, by speaking out, she will encourage other riders to be more careful when cycling in parkland areas.

She said: “I want to raise awareness within the cycling community to prevent this happening again to anyone.

“It could easily have been a young child or elderly person and they might not be as lucky as Fynn.”

Ms Tibbs was walking through the park to collect her daughter from school when the collision between Fynn and the cyclist happened.

She said the speed the rider was travelling at, and the force of the impact, knocked Fynn off all four paws, before he rode away.

While another walker helped Ms Tibbs get Fynn back on his feet, it was only after returning home that his condition appeared to deteriorate.

She said: “He started refusing his food and we couldn’t even coax him with treats, which is very unusual.”

She contacted the Mill House veterinary surgery in Tennyson Avenue, where staff advised her to bring him in.

There, scans showed his stomach had swollen to near bursting point and she praised staff for the swift action they took to save him.

But she remains angry with the cyclist involved, whom she claimed showed no regard for Fynn’s welfare.

She said: “Accidents happen. I accept that. But what I would say to this individual is to be more careful and considerate when cycling in a recreational area that is there to be enjoyed by everyone.

“What I am most disappointed with is his lack of his acknowledgement. A simple “sorry” or asking on Fynn’s welfare would have been sufficient.”