Dog survives horror hit and run ordeal

Lisa Preston with her dog Rufus, from Thatto Heath. Rufus was hit by a car and the driver didn't leave details.
Lisa Preston with her dog Rufus, from Thatto Heath. Rufus was hit by a car and the driver didn't leave details.
  • Beloved family pet is dragged 30 yards by car
  • Owner Lisa Preston of Thatto Heath is left with £2,500 vets’ bill
  • Appeal to track down driver of car which hit Rufus
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A St Helens pet owner has told how she watched in horror as her beloved border collie was hit by a car before being dragged 30 yards along the road.

Lisa Preston of Thatto Heath has launched an appeal to help find the motorist who ran over her dog Rufus at Sutton Park, Marina Avenue, at around 1pm last Thursday.

Out of nowhere, this car just came up and hit him, dragging him about 30 yards down the road. It was horrible, you could just hear him screaming. I don’t think the driver even knew he had hit anything

Dog owner Lisa Preston

The shocked 34-year-old was left devastated as she witnessed the driver of a white car hit him, trapped him beneath the wheels and dragging the two-year-old down the road.

Rufus has been left with life-changing injuries.

Lisa said: “We had just gotten to the park and opened the car and Rufus jumped straight out. As he was on grass, he felt as though it was his territory.

“But then, out of nowhere, this car just came up and hit him, dragging him about 30 yards down the road. It was horrible, you could just hear him screaming. I don’t think the driver even knew he had hit anything.

“My brother had to chase the car just to get him to stop. He told the driver to reverse back off the dog.

“A woman who witnessed this also tried to help and even just jumped towards the car in a bid to get it to stop.

“But the worst thing was is that once Rufus was freed, the driver just drove straight off.

“And in a state of panic we didn’t get the registration of the car.

“I would urge anybody who saw this or may know any information about the incident to please get in touch.”

Rufus was forced to endure three days of treatment at the vets after the incident, totalling up to more than £2,000 in bills, before he was able to go home and rest.

Lisa added: “He’s just been so quiet and really nervous ever since coming home. I think he’s terrified, he definitely isn’t the same lively character he used to be.”

Anybody with information about the incident is asked to contact Lisa on 01744 345102.