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Residents worry over pet deaths

Betty and Des Robertson with their cat
Betty and Des Robertson with their cat "K-fa." Their dog was one of three animals killed yesterday. Adam Hourigan

DOBIE St Grafton is being called the most dangerous address for a small pet after three pets were killed in separate hit-and-run accidents in one day.

Much-loved family dog Barney was hit at lunchtime Monday, a few hours before a cat was found with tyre marks 50 houses away on the northern end of the street.

In the evening, another cat was found on Dobie St, near the Showground.

The Daily Examiner Facebook community discovered the connection between the deaths and we went out to learn more.

Barney was a companion for Betty and Des Robertson and a special friend to the family day care children they look after in their home.

Shattered by his death, they are hoping it was one of those unavoidable accidents, but have no words we can publish if this is a deliberate act and fear for the safety of the children.

"I don't say it was deliberately done, but it just seems funny he was one of three pets killed that day in the street," Betty Robertson said.

When Des Robertson last saw Barney, he was sitting off to the side of the road.

"I was out in the back yard and heard him yelp and when I went out the house, he was lying there just off the edge of the road, dead and bleeding out of his ear," Mr Robertson said.

Barney was buried in the backyard in a marked grave covered with his favourite toys and the family day care children know he will be missed.

"One of the children said you can have one of our dogs for a while," Mrs Robertson said.

Topics:  hit and run



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