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Hunt for driver in Great Dane puppy hit-and-run
A MOTHER-OF-TWO is appealing to the public to help find the driver who left her puppy with serious injuries in a hit-and-run.
Louisa Dickson’s Great Dane Inca was struck by a car that then drove off leaving her with a serious injury.
The 42-year-old, from Hiltingbury, right, told how 15-month-old Inca, who is black with a white chest, ran out of the house and on to the road outside and how she went after her and put her hand out to stop any traffic.
But a small blue hatchback-style car hit her 51-kilo dog, which stands more than a metre tall.
“The dog lunged left and the car hit her – it was the most awful thud,” said Louisa, of Hiltingbury Road.
As Inca limped injured from beneath the car, the vehicle with a woman driver drove off.
The dog, a favourite with Louisa’s daughters Harper, 2, and Piper, 8, was treated for a collapsed lung and given stitches. She now has a 12 inch scar on her thigh.
Treatment has so far cost £2,800, but Louisa fears an orthopaedic operation on a suspected piece of bone in Inca’s ankle could take the bill to around £7,000.
Although Inca is insured, Louisa is angry that she will have to make a claim affecting her insurance premiums.
The teaching assistant added: “I didn’t expect to love her this much. The absolute terror I felt those two nights when Inca was at the vets was just dreadful.”
Police confirmed they were aware of the incident and have appealed for witnesses or the driver to contact Eastleigh police on 101.
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