A dog owner has hit out at a motorist he claims struck his dog and just kept on driving.
Steven Wrycza, 23, of Arthurstone Terrace, said that someone had wedged his garden gate open with a brick one evening last week — allowing his dog, Alfie, to get out of the garden and run straight on to the road.
To Steven’s horror, Alfie was struck by a passing car.
Steven, a city aid worker, said: “I couldn’t believe that someone could hit my dog over and not even to stop to see how he was.
“The car that hit my dog just carried on its way. It didn’t even appear to slow down. There is no way the driver couldn’t have realised that he had hit something.”
He said the car that hit Alfie, a two-and-a-half-year-old Jack-a-doodle, just continued on its way.
Steven, who witnessed the whole incident, said: “I couldn’t believe what the driver did — why would you hit something on the road and just drive on?
“What made the whole thing worse was that, when I ran on to the road to try to help Alfie, other traffic just carried on as normal.
“No one slowed down or stopped or attempted to help me in any way.
“In fact, just as I got back to the pavement, one car nearly hit me.
“I hate to think what might have happened if a child had run on to the road after their dog.”
After Alfie was hit, he managed to get himself off the road and back into Steven’s garden.
The dog ended up with three missing teeth, a cut to his chin and bruised ribs.
But after the vet patched Alfie up, Steven was able to take him home.
Steven now plans to report the incident to police.
He said: “Poor Alfie was in quite a bad way and I had to take him to the vet straight away.
“Fortunately, he is getting better but it could have been so much worse.
“I would hate to think that anyone else would have to witness their dog being run down.
“To then have to just watch the driver carry on as if nothing had happened was horrible.
“Alfie didn’t stand a chance of getting out of the way the speed the traffic was moving it.
“I hope whoever hit him reads this and realises what they did.
“Thank goodness Alfie wasn’t more badly hurt and that I wasn’t knocked down while trying to get him to safety.”