A Scottish family was left devastated after their beloved dog was hit by a suspected hit-and-run driver.
Bear, who is just 14 months old, is fighting for his life after the incident, which took place on Station Road in Armadale, West Lothian, at around 3pm on Tuesday January 25.
The driver is reported to have stopped and put himself in harm’s way, before taking a look at the injured dog and driving off.
Bear had managed to escape out the front door and was running across the street to play with another dog when he was hit by the car.
Owner Samantha Mushet and her partner Greig Brown were devastated by the incident, Edinburgh Live reports.
Samantha, 27, said: “Sadly, Bear managed to escape as my stepson was walking through the front door with his father.
He then saw another puppy across the road and wanted to play, then got hit by a car going 20 mph.
“The driver turned on his hazard lights and stopped, but then continued driving.”
The family quickly took Bear to the vets after the accident.
Samantha said: “Within minutes we had Bear in the car and straight to the vets in Livingston where he spent the night receiving x-rays, fluids and other medication to keep him going and try to ease the pain.
“On Wednesday we had the worst phone call ever, we had to go get Bear from the vets in Livingston and take him to a specialist vet because he needed an emergency operation.
“He has suffered a pelvic fracture, ruptured urethra, trauma to the prostate, bruising to the abdomen, blood in the bladder and of course the trauma and pain the little man is going through.
“Now he has a catheter and they are trying to keep him with us and manage the pain but we are still not sure of the outcome which breaks my heart because he is our family. He is still in the ICU at specialist vets and will be at least 5-7 days.”
Samantha added: “Bear is the most gentle, loving and big-natured dog you will ever meet. They all love it. The vets even commented on how much they loved him.
“He means a lot to us and the last few days have been heartbreaking for us as a family. He has brought us all closer together and the house feels empty without him. We have another dog, Belle, who is only nine months old and is distraught without him.” here.
“He tends to sleep under our bed and now she has stolen his space and is keeping him warm until he gets home.
“We hope and pray that he is home soon. We will continue to fight for Bear and do everything we can to find out who did this to him. It’s not just a dog, it’s our world.”
Friends of the family have started a JustGiving page to help the family cover the 20 percent of the cost of treatment left after insurance.
A friend of the family, Sheena Douglas, started the fundraiser in hopes of raising £3,000. To help, click here.
Police are understood to be investigating the incident and local businesses have been asked by CCTV to see if they can identify the driver involved.
Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.
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