Liz’s £2,000 triumph over Ama­zon – af­ter one of its vans runs down her dog

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment - By Katie Hind SHOWBUSINESS EDITOR

LIZ Hur­ley’s beloved pet labrador nearly died af­ter be­ing run over by an Ama­zon van de­liv­ery driver, The Mail on Sun­day can re­veal.

The ac­tress was ‘dev­as­tated’ af­ter two-year-old Hec­tor suf­fered a col­lapsed lung and a bro­ken leg in the ac­ci­dent on a pri­vate road on her Here­ford­shire es­tate, Don­ning­ton Hall.

Ama­zon ini­tially re­fused to take re­spon­si­bil­ity, but has now agreed to pay the £2,000 vet bill, nine months af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

Last night the star’s sis­ter Katie Hur­ley – who was on the es­tate when Hec­tor was run over last De­cem­ber – told the MoS: ‘Elizabeth was ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated. She had or­gan­ised for the walker to take him out with two of our other dogs, and then the next I heard was Hec­tor howl­ing. He had stag­gered back to the house. He col­lapsed and was bleed­ing in my arms.

‘We thought we were go­ing to lose him, it was just hideous. The vet came and thank­fully saved his life, which is mirac­u­lous. We nearly lost him be­cause of this man’s ap­palling driv­ing.

‘The van was driv­ing too fast. Be­cause it hap­pened on the es­tate a speed limit can’t be en­forced so we ask peo­ple to use their com­mon sense, but he didn’t.’

Iron­i­cally, ear­lier this month Ama­zon launched a com­pe­ti­tion to find the Face of Ama­zon Pets.

‘Ama­zon clearly thought we’d give up and go away,’ said Katie. ‘All we ever sought were the vet’s bills. But they kept try­ing to deny it was their fault and tried to blame it on the driver not be­ing an em­ployee of theirs. So last week I was forced to threaten le­gal ac­tion and they then agreed, pretty quickly, to pay the bill.’

Last night, Miss Hur­ley said: ‘[Ama­zon] have fi­nally set­tled the bill and it has taken them nine months to do so. That’s all I can say about it.’ Ama­zon said the van in­volved was con­tracted but in­sisted the mat­ter would be ‘re­solved to the sat­is­fac­tion of the cus­tomer’.

In March, Miss Hur­ley was left dis­traught af­ter Katie’s son Miles, 21, was stabbed in London.

LUCKYES­CAPE: Liz with Hec­tor as a puppy, and, left, the pet re­cov­er­ing with his bro­ken leg

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