Calls have been made to reduce the speed limit on roads crossing Minchinhampton Common after a cow was reportedly hit by a car.
Photographer Deborah Escamilla captured this distressing image of the stricken cow on Monday night before a vet attended to put the injured animal to sleep. The incident is understood to be the second in 24 hours.
Deborah told Stroud Times how distressing the scene was as the injured cow led on the ground on the common leading to Amberley: “It was very traumatic to see the cow in so much pain and to hear the gun shot when the officer had to shoot her.”
Deborah is now calling for tougher measures to help protect the cows on the common: “I’m trying to get a few people together to start a petition for the limit to be lowered to at least 30mph and for cows to have reflective tags. Others are calling for better street furniture, tarmac changes and marking to make drivers more attentive of their surroundings.”