A family has been left “heartbroken” after their beloved pet dogs were killed by a hit-and-run driver.
Emma Carson, 33, was horrified to discover her 15-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier Thor and four-year-old rottweiler Rogue were found dead near a country road behind The Horn cafe on the A90.
Police are now looking for the driver of the vehicle that struck the dogs.
Vets who assessed the pets following their deaths confirmed they had died from injuries related to being hit by a vehicle.
Emma and her 39-year-old partner were out walking the dogs in a field near their home at The Grange, Errol, when they disappeared off their leads at around 10.30pm on Sunday.
After spending hours searching for them and hoping for their return, a member of the public made the grisly discovery the following day.
The couple were asked to identify the dogs after their bodies were taken to the Bear Scotland depot in Perth.
Emma said: “On Sunday evening, we had taken both dogs out for their evening walk, which is in the fields.
“The dogs had run off but there was no sign of them.
“We waited and tried to look for them but we got a call on Monday at around 4pm to say their bodies had been recovered.
“They were found in a layby and the vet confirmed it was a car that had hit them.
“It must have been damaged quite badly.”
“We’ve tried to put the word about to see if anyone has seen a car quite damaged or if any garages have seen a car with damage at the front.
“What’s done is done, we can’t bring them back, but whoever has done this has broken the law by driving away. We’re heartbroken. I have two kids who have grown up with our pets.
“I understand that the person who hit them might have gotten a scare when it happened themselves — but you’d think that anyone with a heart would have stopped.”
A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed officers are aware of the death of two dogs found at the side of the A90 near Errol, which would appear to have been struck by a vehicle.
He added: “If anyone has any information which could assist us in investigating the matter, please call 101 and quote incident number 0865 of February 5.”