This is D’Artagnan (Dart for short). Dart was a beautiful British longhair-Somali Cross, who belonged to my constituent Olivia. In January 2022, Olivia was having a lie-in with her partner when she got a knock on the door from her neighbour, who gave her the tragic news that Dart had been struck by a car, killed, and left at the side of a road.
After weeks of heartbreak and grief, Olivia was shocked to find out that when a motorist collides with a cat, they don’t legally have to report it. That’s because the Road Traffic Act doesn’t protect cats.