Hit and run driver left pet dog to die

Joe and Carys Murgatroyd with Casper after there other dog Max was killed by a driver who hit the dog and drove off.'They want to say thank you to the woman that brought the dog home.
Joe and Carys Murgatroyd with Casper after there other dog Max was killed by a driver who hit the dog and drove off.'They want to say thank you to the woman that brought the dog home.

PET owner Andrea Murgatroyd says her family has been left “devastated” after their dog was hit by a car and left to die.

The mum-of-two’s border collie cross Max was hit by a car on Castlesyke Hill in Pontefract at around 1.30pm last Thursday and left in the road where he was found by her partner Sean Annable who had been walking the pet, and the family’s other dog Casper, in nearby fields.

Miss Murgatroyd, who has two children Joe, ten, and Carys, five, said: “The children are absolutely devastated, we all are.

“I can’t believe someone could hit a dog and not stop to help it. Even if it was a stray dog I would still take it to the vet and contact the police to at least try and find its owners.

“I want the person who did this to be digusted by what they’ve done. They have killed my dog.”

Miss Murgatroyd, of Leatham Crescent, Purston, said Mr Annable had been walking the dogs in a field near Ackworth water tower when the pets bolted towards the main road.

She added: “A passer-by showed Sean where Max was lying on the roadside and a female motorist brought Sean and the dogs home – we really want to thank those two people for their kindness.

“We set off to take Max to the vet, but he died before we could get there.

“I just want people to know if a dog runs out onto the road and you hit it, it might not be your fault but you’re supposed to stop.”

The law states motorists must report hitting a dog or farm animal to the police.

Miss Murgatroyd, 37, added: “We reported the incident to the police, but they say they have not been contacted by the driver. We don’t expect to hear anything and at the end of the day it won’t bring Max back.

“He was a faithful dog and so good with children, we’d only had him for six months but he was part of the family.”

Anyone with information should call the police on the non-emergency number, 101.