A PRECIOUS pet dog called Lucky lived up to her name by making a battling recovery after being hit by a speeding car.
The whippet terrier was being walked by owner Colin Makepeace when she bounded out into the road and was struck by a motorist ‘driving like a maniac’.
Father-of-four Mr Makepeace rushed the dog to vets in Gateshead with injuries to her leg.
But Lucky proved just that, after suffering no broken bones in the collision on Tuesday night. She is now recuperating at home, though she has a badly lacerated left rear paw.
Mr Makepeace, 43, has called police and hopes to ‘shame’ the driver into coming forward.
The accident happened outside Mr Makepeace’s home in Dunlop Crescent, South Shields, which is a 20mph zone.
Mr Makepeace said: “I was taking Lucky and my 11-year-old boxer dog, Samson, for a walk when she ran out into the road. It all happened so fast.
“It was a 20mph zone and it’s a built-up area. The driver was going a lot quicker than the speed limit.
“A lot of children play here but it is becoming a thoroughfare for traffic. They were driving like a maniac and didn’t stop. Lucky had a severe wound to her leg and lost a lot of blood.
“I’m hoping this might shame the driver into coming forward. I know my cars, but I didn’t even get a good look at it to see what make it was as it was going so fast. It was red.”
Lucky belongs to Mr Makepeace’s 20-year-old son, Stefan, with the family taking in the dog after finding it stray two years ago.
Mr Makepeace said: “She was lucky. She didn’t break any bones. I think she saw the car coming and tried to turn back, so it hit her on the rear as she was turning back.
“My son is chuffed that she is ok. All the family are.”
Mr Makepeace feared the pet’s injuries would be far worse and is delighted to have her back in the family fold.
He added: “She’s on the mend now, she is a brave little thing. She has been very lucky.”
Police are also calling for the driver of the vehicle involved, or anyone who may witnessed the collision, to come forward.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police are carrying out inquiries after a dog was hit by a car in Dunlop Crescent in South Shields at 11.30pm on Tuesday.
“Officers would like to speak to the driver who failed to stop at the scene. It is believed a red car was involved.
“The driver, or anyone else in Dunlop Crescent on the night, is urged to contact police on 101 extension number 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”