Pup in­jured in hit and run


Burton Mail - - News - By RICHARD CAS­TLE richard.cas­[email protected]­plc.com @richard­cas­tle85

A “DIS­GRACE­FUL” driver fled after run­ning over an 11-month-old poo­dle, breaking her leg on a busy Bur­ton road, wit­nesses have said.

Owner Wendy Towe was “in shock” when lit­tle Bella was struck in the ac­ci­dent in Beau­fort Road, Bri­zlin­cote Val­ley.

The pup had run after an­other dog near Tesco Ex­press when Wendy sud­denly heard her cry and im­me­di­ately ran after her.

When Wendy got to the scene, Bella was in se­vere pain and wit­nesses said she had been hit by a car.

Luck­ily, an­other mo­torist had got out of his ve­hi­cle, stopped traf­fic and car­ried the stricken an­i­mal to safety by the road­side.

Now Wendy’s daugh­ter, Katy, is ap­peal­ing for any in­for­ma­tion which could iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble.

Wendy, from Bri­zlin­cote Val­ley, said: “She’d shot off like a bolt after an­other dog, then I heard her cry­ing, which was the worst part of it.

“Any­thing could have hap­pened to her. When I got to where she was, Bella was hold­ing her leg up, so I was hop­ing it was just her leg that had been in­jured.

“But for all I knew she could have had in­ter­nal bleed­ing or hit her head.

“A cou­ple who had stopped took me and Bella to the vets in Ashby Road (Bur­ton An­i­mal Hospi­tal), where she was checked over. I was just in shock.

“The vet gave her pain re­lief and an x-ray. She had to be kept in and mon­i­tored all day.”

Thank­fully, Bella is now re­cov­er­ing at home, but can­not go out for walks for six weeks.

Wendy said: “I’m so grate­ful now that her in­juries weren’t any worse.

“They’ve now put a splint on her, but she’s so hy­per she doesn’t know that should stop her play­ing.

“She’s on a dose of painkillers ev­ery day and seems okay now, but who knows how she’ll be feel­ing after six weeks with­out a walk.

“She’s got a bro­ken leg, so can’t go out for six weeks, which is aw­ful as she’s only a pup – she’s 11 months old.

“I just want to thank the peo­ple who helped me by pulling over and tak­ing us to the vet – they were just amaz­ing.”

Katy said: “We were told some­one got out of the car that hit her, looked around and got back in the pas­sen­ger seat, then the driver just drove off.

“We’re so an­gry about it. The peo­ple who did this should be found – I think it’s ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing they’ve just driven off after run­ning over some­one’s dog.

“It’s not been re­ported to po­lice be­cause we don’t have solid in­for­ma­tion about the make and model of car or reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, so there’s no ev­i­dence at this point.

“But we want peo­ple to get in touch if they have any­thing we can take to the po­lice.

“The can email me at katy­[email protected] ya­hoo.co.uk.”

Bella was run over on Jan­uary 2 at around 11.40am.

Bella, a poo­dle from Bri­zlin­cote Val­ley who was hit by a car and broke her leg.

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