Lucky’ dog survives being dragged 200 yards under a car: Driver left scene

A DOG has been hailed the luckiest in Britain after it was hit by a car and rolled for 200 yards – and escaped with cuts and bruises. CCTV shows Winston the British bulldog struck and battered along the road as it darted out in front of the motor.

Winston can be seen repeatedly been bounced against the front bumper as the driver continues without stopping.

The driver of the vehicle appears oblivious despite by-passers shouting and screaming for her to stop and the wounded dog howling throughout.

The footage from a local shop shows three-year-old darting into busy Thornton Road, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, before being struck by a red Peugeot in heavy rainfall.

Owner, Mick Dooling, 52, of Thornton, found Winston, with blood coming out of his mouth, legs and pooling underneath him.

Amazingly the dog is already out of the vets.

Mr Dooling said: “I was crying my eyes out. A bloke pulled up and said ‘Sorry, your dog’s dead’. He’s just my boy, he always has been. He’s like my son.”

Mr Dooling had to console a woman at the side of the road who had been traumatised by the whole event.

Three-year-old Winston escaped Mr Dooling’s current home, where he is staying with a friend, when the children at the home opened the door.

Usually he is kept on a harness.

He said: “If that had been a child, that child would not have survived. Things happen, but to drive off. I’m not blaming them for hitting the dog, my argument is they should have stopped.

“Like someone told me, they might not have known they’d hit it, but the dog weighs nine stone – you’d have heard it straight away, it would have made a right bang.

“There’ll be damage on the car because he’s gone underneath the bumper, but it’s not been seen again.”

Section 170 of The Road Traffic Act 1988 states a driver must stop, report the accident and give information or documents if damage is caused to a dog. A person who fails to comply is guilty of an offence.

People on social media have now put out a plea to try and help identify the driver.

Watch CCTV footage here…

https://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/1010057/lucky-dog-survives-dragged-car-200-yards

3 Comments

  1. nickyb 3 weeks ago

    why wasnt the dog on a lead? it is an amazingly lucky escape for this poor dog ……..

    1. Sheila Macdonald 3 weeks ago

      Winston certainly was very lucky and I hope he is recovering from his injuries and the traumatic experience. The reason he wasn’t on a lead would be because he had escaped from his owner’s home – the article also says that usually he is kept on a harness. Hopefully the car is is identified.

  2. Sheila Macdonald 3 weeks ago

    NickyB – Oops sorry my last sentence should have read “Hopefully the car driver is identified” because the car had been identified as a red Peugeot. I hope you didn’t think I was criticising you re the lead. xx

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