18 February 2015
By Carmella de Lucia
Woman ‘shocked’ at lack of supervision as traffic backed up for half an hour
Unsupervised dogs were left to roam the busy A51, narrowly missing speeding cars and causing traffic chaos.
A concerned passer-by was so shocked at the sight of at least 20 hounds weaving in and out of moving vehicles on the Clotton road last Tuesday that she contacted The Chronicle to express her shock.
The woman, who does not wish to be named, said cars were delayed for at least half an hour as the animals dashed around the road, and it was a ‘miracle’ none of them were killed.
She said: “These hounds were running all over a field next to the main road with their noses to the ground. The traffic was going quickly, cars and buses were going very fast.
“I crossed the road in the field running around with their noses to the ground, shooting across the road. There were big lorries slamming on brakes and the dogs were running between them, God knows how any of them weren’t killed, I think it was only because the drivers were being vigilant. It was a horrible sight to witness.”
The woman added: “The traffic was delayed for at least 30 minutes but while all this was going on, a few riders just stood at the sides looking bewildered.
“In the meantime it delayed many trying to carry out their working day activities. I was just so concerned about the safety of them and wondered why they were not under control – it was extremely dangerous.”
A Cheshire police spokesperson said: “We can confirm that at approximately 15.35 on Tuesday, February 10, Cheshire police received a call in relation to traffic disruption on the A51 in Clotton caused by dogs.
“Officers attended the scene but on arrival there were no dogs visible at the scene by then.”
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