Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Motorcyclist who killed dog in Aldershot was on stolen bike

Image caption Zena's owner said she was thrown 25ft across the ground

A motorcyclist who killed a dog by appearing to deliberately drive into it was riding a stolen bike, the RSPCA has said.

German Shepherd Zena was hit while walking on a leash with her owner on heathland in Aldershot, Hampshire.

The RSPCA said it is no longer trying to trace the owner of the motorcross bike, who had reported it missing to police the previous day.

It is still keen to find the man seen riding the bike on 16 August.

The dog owner from Farnham, Surrey, who did not want to be named, said the rider sped towards them and crashed into the dog, throwing it 25ft across the ground.

The owner managed to take a photograph of the motorcyclist after the incident.

The RSPCA said it was an "unbelievable act of cruelty".

'No accident'

The owner said: "I have gone over it in my mind. I know he could see us, he even stopped as though he was trying to intimidate me and then he rode at full speed in our direction.

"There was plenty of space for him to swerve or slow down if he wanted - it was no accident.

Image caption The dog-owner managed to take a photograph of the motorcylist shortly after the incident

"I cannot even imagine what would cause anyone to behave in such a way and I am stunned. I have lost my companion and my friend, she was such a lovely dog."

Zena suffered multiple injuries as a result of the crash and her heart stopped beating minutes after it happened at about 13.30 BST on 16 August.

The RSPCA said the bike was a KTM EXC/Super Moto which is a road legal bike fitted with lights and indicators.

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