Cop told Airth dog owner to ‘hit it with a shovel’

Poppy the Labrador is still recovering from her serious injuries after the hit and run
Poppy the Labrador is still recovering from her serious injuries after the hit and run

A dog owner claims a police officer dealing with the hit and run that injured her pet joked she should “hit it over the head with a shovel”.

Pauline Mulholland (66) was still coming to terms with the death of her husband William in August when the family’s 16-month-old Labrador, Poppy was struck by a car on the road outside her home at Letham Cottages near Airth between 10.30 and 11pm last Monday.

She said: “Poppy managed to get out of the kitchen and the back door and out onto the road. We didn’t see it, but my son noticed her first. She must have dragged herself all the way across the road because we saw the trail of blood.

She was bleeding from her eyes and nose and her mouth and we didn’t think she was going to last long.”

However, Poppy survived and is now awaiting more treatment for the multiple fractures she sustained that night.

The upset of the hit-and-run was bad enough for Pauline, but she said matters got worse when she reported the incident to Police Scotland.

“The male officer who arrived said they were only here because someone hit Poppy and drove off without reporting it. I asked him what should I do and he said I should wrap a towel around the dog’s head and hit it with a shovel. I was totally disgusted by his comment.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating following a road traffic collision near Letham Cottages. The incident happened around 11.30pm when a dog was struck by a car.”

This week, Mrs Mulholland received a letter from the police offering “sincere apologies” for the officer’s comments.