Dog owner’s horror after beloved pet killed in Edinburgh hit and run
A pet owner has been left devastated after her beloved French Bulldog was killed in a horror hit and run.
Doriana Chodor was out walking her five-year-old pet Hugo when the dog was struck by a white van in Granton, Edinburgh.
Doriana, 29, watched on in shock as the driver of the van slowed down after hitting Hugo before failing to stop and driving off.
The distraught owner then cradled her badly injured pet before it died in her arms following the tragic incident at the city’s Hesperus Crossway earlier this month.
Police are now hunting the hit-and-run driver of the white van and it is believed the incident may have been caught on nearby CCTV.
Doriana, from Edinburgh, said: “Hugo was passing across the road slowly, it is not like he bolted out suddenly and caught the driver by surprise.”
“Hugo lost too much blood and he wasn’t strong enough to survive [and] he died in my arms a few seconds after the hit.
“I can honestly say that was the worst day in my life and I and my partner deeply miss and think about Hugo every day, I can’t even describe how much love he has brought to our life.
“Hugo had a very wonderful temperament and liked other dogs – especially other French Bulldogs – and he loved every human.
“I blame myself. If I had known the driver wasn’t looking, I would have run out to get Hugo.
“But I can’t honestly believe that the driver never stopped, never tried to help us, never reported the collision.”
Doriana – who has appealed for the driver to come forward – was comforted by passers-by and local workmen after they had seen the dog being struck by the van.
She added: “Lots of people helped me after the incident. It was raining and a woman came over to me and put a blanket around me.
“Some workers from a nearby construction site gave me some water to drink and someone left flowers in the place where Hugo died.
“I could never really thank any of them at the time. I was in shock. I could not even see their faces clearly.
“I really appreciate all their support.”
“I would like him to come forward. He should have stopped and helped.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “About 3.15pm on Thursday, 9 July 2020, officers responded to the report of a hit and run road traffic crash at Hesperus Crossway in Edinburgh.
“A white coloured van was in collision with a dog. The dog was killed in the crash and the white van failed to stop at the scene.
“Anyone who may have any information which might assist in tracing the white van and driver is asked to call police on the 101 number, quoting the reference number 2227 of 9 July 2020.”