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Tanker driver’s mercy mission for injured Gedding dog

Ukayfuels driver Darren Berry with spaniel puppy Rascal who he rescued after a road accident ANL-160204-163449001
Ukayfuels driver Darren Berry with spaniel puppy Rascal who he rescued after a road accident ANL-160204-163449001

A dog owner has written to a company to praise one of its tanker drivers for his mercy mission after her spaniel was hurt in a hit-and-run.

Natasha Vass, from Gedding, was walking her 11-month-old spaniel Rascal with her Labradors Max and Pepper between Rattlesden and Felsham when Rascal ran off.

He ran into Rattlesden Road and was hit by a van, which failed to stop, leaving him laying injured in the road as Natasha tried to find him.

But Darren Berry, a tanker driver with Ukayfuels, based in Feering, Essex, saw what he at first thought was a dead fox but when he realised it was an injured dog, he backed up and parked his truck to protect Rascal from one direction. He then walked back to protect him from the other way, while calling to Natasha.

Natasha said: “By the time I had reached the road, his kind and thoughtful actions had prevented cars from both directions from further damaging Rascal.

“One of the other cars who stopped offered to take myself and Rascal to a vet in Stowmarket, and another car offered to take the two Labradors back to my house in Gedding.”

But when the couple in the car found they could not get Max and Pepper into it, Darren lifted the two large dogs into his truck cab and took them to Natasha’s home, where he lifted them back down again.

Natasha wrote to Ukayfuels saying: “I can’t thank Darren enough for all his kindness and his quick thinking, and wanted you to know how grateful we are for all that he did. Darren is a complete star.”

Darren said: “When I saw Natasha calling for Rascal I felt for her as I have four dogs of my own and I could see she was in shock when I explained what had happened.

“Being a dog lover myself I was more than happy to help Natasha out in the situation and am so happy to see that Rascal is getting better.”

Rascal had fractures to his skull, inner ear and back leg and has lost the sight in a previously damaged eye, but is making a good recovery.


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