A woman from East London is heartbroken after her dog was “run over in front of her”. Natalie Peacock, 54, who is originally from Australia but moved to London in 2005, was taking her 2-year-old grandson home when tragedy hit.
Last Wednesday (June 15) Natalie had parked up in Bethnal Green, outside her daughter’s home, with her grandchild and ‘beloved’ dog Rocky. She took out the buggy and put it on the pavement and told Rocky to jump over the baby seat to get out – a standard request that Rocky always did.
As she started to walk towards Roberta Street the gran heard a bang. She tearfully said: “I was pushing the buggy and assumed Rocky was following behind or had gone to find a pole sniff. Something told me to turn around and I locked eyes with a girl in a white car. I remember clear as a day hearing her shout ‘What was that?’
“It didn’t register to me what she had hit till I heard her drive over it again. She didn’t stop or even check to look what she hit. I heard Rocky squeal and I just ran over to him. It was heartbreaking.
“I remember picking my dog up off the road, he bit me on the hand. I scooped him up and carried him inside and could see he was in so much pain. I don’t remember anything apart from picking him up from the road. I took everybody up to the flat and my 2-year-old saw me scoop Rocky up and heard him squeal, it was horrible.”
After taking Rocky up to her daughter’s place, they raced to Hackney Vet on Lower Clapton Road. Through this, Rocky was in a lot of pain and was taken straight in. He had a shattered pelvis, and a broken back and ultimately suffered a cardiac arrest. There was hope that he was stable enough to be x-rayed but a short time after, the vet came out and said that he had died.
“I think it’s just disgusting that this could happen,” Natalie said. “I don’t care about money and nothing is going to replace my dog. Knowing that my 2-year-old witnessed that is horrible and then what’s to say if that was a child?
“Everything just takes a second, one lapse in concentration and your life has changed. Rocky was such a good dog and this girl can’t imagine the pain and heartbreak she’s caused.
“I saw myself getting old with Rocky and him growing up with my grandchildren. It was really heartbreaking and nearly a week later I’m still emotional. I took Rocky everywhere with me, on holidays, to the park – he loved football, he was the best.”
Natalie got Rocky when he was a few weeks old to coincide with the fact her daughter’s son was only 15 months old. The pair went on to become best of friends and inseparable, something that brought joy to Natalie. She had technically got the dog for her grandchild but her closeness to Rocky was clear as day.
She told MyLondon: “Rocky was simply the best. We’d go everywhere together and he and my grandson were amazing together. I used to always say when he would be 17, Rocky would be 16. When my daughter was growing up in Australia we always had animals so when I was finally settled in London, I decided to buy a dog, When my second grandchild was born, I bought him Rocky but he ended up staying with me.”