TRAFFIC ground to a halt in Knowle on Wednesday, August 5, after a frightened greyhound slipped its lead and weaved its way across the busy Warwick Road.
Horrified owners June and Geoffrey Vaughan frantically tried to catch the five-year-old whippet called Freddie who had been out for his daily walk, close to Copt Heath Golf Club, alongside fellow family pet, Mia.
June, who lives in nearby Langfield Road, said: “Something spooked him - I don’t know what and he slipped his lead and collar.
“With greyhounds they have very slender necks so you need to put the collar right behind the ears but he was so frightened that he got loose. It must have hurt him.
“Freddie is particularly timid. He is a rescue greyhound and we think he has been mistreated.
“We got him just a few weeks ago from Daybreak Kennels on Coventry Road but we have had greyhounds for 12 years.
“I was so grateful to everybody who stopped and people held up the traffic.
“One chap was in an Age Concern ambulance and he stopped and held up the traffic and another chap was in a silver car.
“He got out and stopped the cars as well. They were very good.”
The team effort thankfully ensured that the terrified Freddie was shepherded to his home where his relieved owners comforted the shivering pet.
“I could see he was nervous and he had cut all his legs at the back.” added June. “ He’s fine now. When we took him out this morning he was very quiet. We think we will take him to Knowle Park in the future.
Everyone was so good. Normally the traffic goes at quite a rate there so I wanted to say a big thank you to all those who helped.”