THE owner of a cow killed on Minchinhampton Common last night has pleaded with drivers to be more careful.
A car hit and killed the pregnant cow in Cirencester Road between the Ragged Cot and Blueboys Garage corner last night.
The road was closed around 8pm after Gloucestershire police were called to the scene and the animal was put down shortly after.
The animal, which was heavily in calf, was part of an organic herd at Woefuldane Farm.
In a post on Facebook, owner Hannah Ravenhill, issued an urgent plea to drivers.
Hannah wrote: “If you cannot control your speed avoid the common at all costs.”
“The cow’s head was smashed through a wall. This lovely young heifer was destined to join our small organic herd and was part of the family. She was heavily in calf and we have lost these two beautiful animals.”
This comes just days after a calf was killed on Saturday night.
Hayward Mark Dawkins was informed that a calf had sustained serious injuries including a broken pelvis and leg.
The calf was subsequently put down after being assessed.
Posting on Facebook, community page Kill Your Speed, Not Us called for drivers to moderate their speed and to try and avoid using the common at night.
They said: “Feeling really upset, so much has been done to boost awareness this year and we have animals who are suffering with legs hanging off and smashed to bits on the roadside.
“A calf was hit and left overnight on Saturday and had a broken leg and other injuries, and last night the scene sounded just awful. Please avoid common after dark and drive like a saint if you need to cross it.
“40mph is not a target, you could still hit one at 30mph.”
The animals will be taken off the common at night from October 31.