A distraught family has launched a heartfelt appeal to find the driver of a minibus that ran over their pet puppy at the start of the rush hour in Whaplode.
The driver failed to stop after hitting Rosie, a one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, on High Road at about 3.50pm on Monday.
One of the vehicle’s fog lights was left at the scene of the incident.
Luckily for Rosie, owned by Sharon Dowson (33) and her daughter Caitlin (15), she only suffered a swollen right eye and bruises to her head and stomach.
Miss Rowson, of High Road, Whaplode, said: “My daughter came home from school and let our dogs Dusk, Roxy and Rosie, out of the house and into the back garden.
“Something caught Rosie’s eye and she darted up onto the edge of the pavement and into the road where the minibus hit her.
“A neighbour living across the road from us helped my daughter get Rosie.
“Caitlin rang me at work and she was in floods of tears when she told me how she heard the screech of the minibus wheels and Rosie whelping.”
Miss Rowson said all her dogs were well-trained and had never run into the road before.
She added: “I’ve had dogs all my life and they are the most loving family pets you will ever have.
“Rosie is quite a sensible dog and she would never go out into the road on her own.”