They say a man’s best friend is his dog — and one Tayside man is delighted to have been reunited with his.
Ian Killoh, 28, was taking his three-year-old black Labrador Diesel for a walk in the Perth’s Bute Drive when he was struck by a drink-driver who had mounted the kerb.
Ian sustained arm injuries which were treated at Ninewells Hospital.
However, he was also concerned about Diesel who took fright when the accident happened and ran off.
Ian had no idea where his pet had gone.
Desperate not to lose Diesel, who he has had since the dog was eight weeks old, Ian messaged the Missing Pets Perth and Kinross Facebook page run by Katie McCandless as the ambulance took him to Ninewells.
During the last few years, the site has helped reunite about 1,500 pets with their owners — and not only cats and dogs.
Tortoises, birds of prey, horses, chickens and even an iguana which had gone missing have been traced and returned to their owners.
Katie said: “As soon as I received Ian’s message, I put the word out on the page and the response was amazing and immediate.
“There were 1,100 shares of the message and I believe about 20 people went and looked for Diesel.
“He was found a few hours later near Bell’s Sports Centre on the North Inch and was quickly reunited with his owners, Ian and his wife Amy.”
An ecstatic Ian, an operations manager for Stagecoach in Dundee, said: “Amy and I are delighted to have got Diesel back.
“I believe he approached a couple of folk and one of them was scared of dogs.
“Through the Facebook page they got in touch with Amy and delivered Diesel home. We were so relieved to get him back.
“It really was a worrying time but he’s back now and we’re so grateful to the people who returned Diesel to us and to all the others who helped by putting the word out and by going out looking.”
At Perth Sheriff Court, Linda Cowan, 67, of Rona Court, Perth, admitted driving while under the influence of alcohol last Wednesday.
She also admitted driving dangerously and while under the influence of alcohol on Bute Drive, where she mounted the kerb, struck a bus stop and injured a pedestrian.
Cowan gave a reading of 93 mics —more than four times the legal limit of 22 mics.
Sentence was deferred and she was released on bail and banned from driving in the interim.