A LOCAL family has been left heartbroken after their pet puppy was killed in a hit-and-run.
Willow was a seven-month-old husky-akita cross who was killed when she was hit by a white, new shape Transit van just before 11.15am on Saturday morning outside her home on the Clabby Road in Fivemiletown, across from the old police station.
Willow’s owner, Ann Agnew, has now issued an appeal to find the driver of the van, who didn’t stop after they ran over the family pet, who was bought for Ann’s son Logan for his first birthday.
“I was out the front with Logan gardening,” Ann told the Herald. “We’d come out through the back gate, and it normally swings to, you can’t get it open without pushing it. I was speaking to a neighbour and then I turned around and she’d ran out past me.”
Ann said Willow ran up to another neighbour, who shooed her away, then her attention was drawn by a woman with a pram. Because Ann was holding Logan at the time, she called her nephew out to help catch the wee dog.
“We then ran up after her, and she ran around the corner,” she said. “My nephew was in front, and all the traffic going up would’ve seen us running and known we were after something. The van just ran her over and drove on.”
Another van, following three cars behind the white Transit, stopped to help distressed Ann, giving her a high-vis vest to make sure she wasn’t run over on the road, and putting his coat over Willow’s body. Ann said she’d forgotten to take this man’s details, and was hoping he’d get in touch.
After she’d called the vet, Ann contacted the police, who said the van driver could face charges relating to not stopping at the scene. She has also been checking local CCTV to no avail. One local worker said they’d seen the van driver stopping to check his bumper afterwards.
Overall, Ann said she realises what happened was an accident, but was very upset
“If they had just stopped and said, “look, I couldn’t get stopped, I’m very sorry I hit her,” I wouldn’t have went to the police, that would’ve been the end of it,” she said.
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