Hoon takes Lucy?s life
By JULIA ILES
MAX HUDSON will never forget November 10, the day he held his beloved Lucy in his arms as she died.
"My dear little dog, whom I have had for 10 years and who came all the way from Sydney with the family," he said of his pet Chihuahua.
Mr Hudson said the accident on Bimble Avenue, South Grafton was caused by a motorist's excessive speed.
"Her legs were run over and although there was no blood after the hit, she just flopped and was gone," he said.
"She used to run up to the front window and push over the curtain and look out at the street. Lucy was such a lovely dog."
"Whenever we had a cup of tea she would run to the table hoping for a biscuit," his wife Jean Hudson, said.
"It's been very upsetting I look around expecting her to be beside me but she's not there. She loved Max and would growl when I fed her instead of him."
Mr and Mrs Hudson moved to their South Grafton residence three years ago and believe motorists must take more care or a child may be hit.
"I will never get over my loss and it's only a matter of time before a small child is killed in Bimble Avenue, unless speed humps are put in or the speed limit is dropped," he said.
"I hope that the person who was speeding and driving in an unsafe manner, and drove straight at my dog can live with what happened."
Although the avenue is under a 50 kilometre speed zone, he believes it should be brought down to 40 kmh, and that speed humps should be placed at the top and the bottom.
Mr Hudson is hoping to start a petition to protect local people and animals from speeding motorists.
He said school buses use Bimble Avenue all the time, and it would be easy for a child crossing the road from behind the bus to be hit. "Something needs to be done."
"I've called the police to tell them about the problem but they are as good as Chief Wiggum from the Simpsons," Mr Hudson said.
Lucy is buried in the backyard and they may get another dog, but he knows he will never find one like her, 'she's a special one', Mr Hudson said.