Puppy is killed by hit and run driver

Macclesfield Express - - GROOM HIT BRIDESMAID IN WEDDING PUNCH-UP - DANIELLE ROPER

A10-YEAR-OLD girl has been left dev­as­tated af­ter her puppy was killed by a hit and run driver.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a Khia Cot­ter­ill’s five­month-old York­shire Ter­rier Har­ley was hit by a car on Princes Way on the Weston Es­tate.

The puppy was struck as it ran out into the road but the driver failed to stop and drove off.

Ac­cord­ing to law, if a driver is in­volved in an accident with a dog they must stop at the scene or re­port the in­ci­dent within 24 hours or they may face pros­e­cu­tion.

Khia’s mum Ca­rina said: “Jimmy, my hus­band, was on the roof mess­ing around with the satel­lite dish. He thought he’d shut the door but he hadn’t and Har­ley just ran out.

“My grand­son, Jack, 11, shouted to Jimmy, who then shouted to a pass­ing couple to grab Har­ley.

“But it was too late – Har­ley ran straight into the road and the driver who hit him just car­ried on, he didn’t even stop.

“Jack was ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated as he wit­nessed the whole thing.”

Khia, who lives on Princes Way, had the puppy for just nine weeks when it ran into the road.

Ca­rina said: “She was so heart­bro­ken she couldn’t breathe prop­erly and just cud­dled his lit­tle teddy all night. Then for two days she just sat and looked out of the win­dow.

“She was at her friend’s house when it hap­pened and had been out with him all that morn­ing play­ing with him.

“We had to get her friend’s mum to break the news to her. It was just aw­ful.”

The fam­ily now have an­other lit­tle York­shire Ter­rier but are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses and for the driver to come for­ward.

Ca­rina said: “It just ru­ined our Christ­mas. We can’t get Har­ley out of our heads.

“Khia is feel­ing a bit bet­ter now, it’s more me and her dad now that are still in bits about it. How cal­lous can you be?”

She added: “Har­ley was a lovely lit­tle dog and we really want to find who is re­spon­si­ble for do­ing this to him.”

A po­lice spokesman said: “A road traf­fic of­fence where a ve­hi­cle failed to stop took place on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 13 at around 1.55pm on Princes Way on the Weston Es­tate in Mac­cles­field.”

Any­one who thinks they may have any in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the in­ci­dent should call po­lice on 101, or Crimes­top­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

●● Khia Cot­ter­ill, left, with mum Ca­rina. Above: Puppy Har­ley was mown down

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