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Woman hit by car in Harold Hill told she must give up one of her dogs

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 11 May 2017

Louise Priest suffered a broken leg when an elderly driver crashed in her, throwing her into a shop window. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah

Louise Priest suffered a broken leg when an elderly driver crashed in her, throwing her into a shop window. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah

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A woman injured in a car accident last week, has been told she can only have her two greyhounds back if she finds a new home for her lurcher.

Louise Priest with her lurcher Lady. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.Louise Priest with her lurcher Lady. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.

Louise Priest, 40, of Darlington Gardens, Harold Hill, was walking greyhounds Mia and Shelley and the lurcher, called Lady, when a car hit her, throwing her into a shop window in Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill, on Friday, April 28.

She suffered a broken right leg and bruising to her head and arms, and while in hospital, neighbour Hayley Sullivan, 40, agreed to look after the dogs.

Having two cats herself, Hayley quickly found the situation unmanageable and contacted the Romford Greyhound Owners Association (RGOA) for help asking it to look after the greyhounds until Louise was well enough to take them back.

But Louise, who was discharged from the Royal London Hospital on Monday, said the RGOA has told her Mia and Shelley will not be returned until she finds a new home for Lady because she has twice bitten the oldest greyhound.

Louise Priest's dogs, Mia, left and Shelley, right, lying on a sofa. Picture: Louise PriestLouise Priest's dogs, Mia, left and Shelley, right, lying on a sofa. Picture: Louise Priest

According to Louise four-year-old Lady has bitten 13-year-old Mia twice on the ears.

The RGOA says it is not fair on Mia and that Louise can have the greyhounds back if she finds a new home for the lurcher.

Louise said she keeps Mia in one room and Lady and Shelley, nine, in another to keep them separate when she goes to bed or out.

Mia has lived with Louise for nine years and Shelley for six. Both were obtained from RGOA, which rescues and rehomes retired racing greyhounds.

Lady – not from RGOA – has lived with Louise for two years.

Julie said: “There was no issue until the lurcher went to live there.

“I just want her [Louise] to sort her situation out.

“No one said the dogs are not going back to her. But I am not returning the dogs while the lurcher is there.

“She cannot have three dogs in a small flat and shut them in bedrooms.”

Louise’s injuries are expected to take between four and six weeks to heal. In the meantime, Mia and Shelley are being fostered through the RGOA network.

“She [Louise] is lovely with my dogs,” continued Julie.

“She’s had a few from me.

“But it would be irresponsible to allow my dogs to go back there.

“Mia is 13. She doesn’t have any teeth and cannot defend herself. She’s old.”

But Louise said: “They’re basically making me choose. How can I choose?”

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