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Pet poodle left in the street after being knocked down in hit-and-run in Hullbridge
8:00am Tuesday 21st August 2012 in Local News
A FURIOUS family have hit out at the motorist who drove off after knocking down their beloved pet poodle.
The Clatworthy family, of Ferry Road, Hullbridge, claimed “any considerate human being” would have stopped to ensure the dog, which suffered a dislocated leg in the collision, was ok.
Six-year-old Izzy, a toy poodle, ran out of the family’s home and was struck as she sprinted into the street.
Owner Angela Clatworthy, 45, watched as she was dragged under the car and left on the road while the vehicle sped off.
Her husband, Wayne, said he had received a frantic phone call at work recounting what had happened.
The 46-year-old project manager said: “Izzy is usually quite good at staying in the house when we answer the door, but she had seen another dog on the other side of the road and dashed out.
“We are not blaming the driver for the fact she was in the road, because there was nothing they could have done.
“I am just angry they drove off afterwards without checking on her. They would have known they hit her, because she went under the car.”
The medical bill for Izzy’s treatment came to about £2,000. The poodle will have to spend the next five weeks in a cage to allow her to recover.
Son Louis, 21, who runs a business from the family home, said: “I was in my room and saw the door open, Izzy dash out and then my mum and younger brother Harley run out.
“It is pretty harsh that someone could just drive away from that.
“Any considerate human being would have stopped. I could not have just driven off.
“We were told if she had broken her leg she would have needed to be put down, so we are just lucky it was not that bad.”