Tesco offers devastated family £250 after ‘smirking’ delivery driver runs over sleeping 18-year-old cat Bonnie then said he thought it was ‘roadkill’
- Sue Guy-Spratt’s cat Bonnie was run over by a Tesco delivery driver in Goring
- The 18-year-old moggy was sleeping in the road but when it refused to budge was mown down by the driver who said he mistook the family pet for roadkill
- Tesco offered to pay £250 for the family to buy a new animal after the incident
A devastated family has been offered compensation from Tesco after a delivery driver ran over and killed their sleeping cat.
Sue Guy-Spratt has spoken of her horror after the 18-year-old pet Bonnie was mistaken for roadkill and mown down outside her home in Goring.
The mother-of-three was in her back garden having a barbecue at the time with her partner, her – children Leo, 12, Jasmine, 11, and Willow, three – as well as some friends, when she got a knock on the door.
Neighbour Nikki Allen told her the driver had pulled up in front of Bonnie who was laying in the road and got out attempted to shoo her off the road.
When the cat refused to budge, the driver got back in the cab and drove straight over her, last month.
Sue Guy Spratt from Goring was heartbroken when a Tesco worker ran over her cat but carried on delivery shopping as it died
Bonnie suffered a violent fit from severe head injuries before she died beneath a parked car while the driver continued his delivery.
Tesco has told the family they will pay out £250 for the pet they had owned for 15 years.
Ms Guy-Spratt told the Henley Standard: ‘Nikki asked if I owned a cat and I said I had a dark one so she replied, ‘okay, I don’t think it’s yours’.
‘I breathed a sigh of relief but then I added she was a tortoiseshell and the colour drained from her face. She then explained what had happened and my heart broke.’
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But Nikki’s fears were confirmed when her partner identified the cat as being hers.
‘I just couldn’t cope,’ she said.
‘I burst into tears and he came back to comfort me. He was pretty upset himself as she had horrific head injuries.’
Mrs Allen told The Henley Standard reports that the man didn’t apologise and said: ‘I just thought it was a bit of roadkill.
Ms Guy-Spratt, from Goring, Berkshire, added: ‘He’d approached her as she was lying down in this boiling hot weather and she wouldn’t have moved because she’d have thought he was going to stroke her.
‘I’ve seen several neighbours get very frustrated with Bonnie in the past because she’s pretty stubborn but they would just pick her up and plonk her back into my front garden.’
But the driver refused to stop and showed no remorse, the family said.
On the day, Ms Guy-Spratt’s partner went to question the driver who seemed not to care about his actions.
Bonnie, 18, had been with her family for 15 years but she was killed as she lay in the road on June 28
Ms Guy-Spratt said: ‘He told him the least he could do was come over and apologise.
‘By then I was back in the kitchen in pieces and [the driver] walked in with this big smirk on his face, shrugged and said, ‘I just thought it was a bit of roadkill’.
‘I just screamed at him to get out of my house and called him a horrible little man.
‘He must have watched her fitting while he unpacked the shopping and did absolutely nothing.
‘It’s such an utterly vile thing to do and I can’t understand how anyone could be so dismissive of a living being, especially with children watching.’
Tesco said the driver was being retrained and it would amend its driver training programme to include dealing with animals.
Ms Guy-Spratt added: ‘The whole week was horrific because I had to relive the incident so many times explaining what happened.
‘Tesco took it very seriously and have handled it as well as they could. It’s not a complaint against them as a company, just this one driver.
‘I’m not going to let it go because it’s animal cruelty as far as I’m concerned.’
A Tesco spokesman said: ‘We are investigating the incident and will take appropriate action.
‘We have spoken to Mrs Guy-Spratt to express our sorrow for her loss and to apologise for the distress caused.’
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