A St Bernard was left fatally injured in the street on Sunday evening after being mown down by a hit-and-run driver. The 2-year-old dog, called Jax, had managed to dash through the door of his Hamilton home and was hit by a car outside the Tesco store on Hillhouse Road at 7.15pm.
Jax was 13 stone, and the collision was so loud a passerby called an ambulance, thinking a person had been hit. One of Jax's devastated owners, Kris Holtz, saw the incident firsthand, having been trying to catch his escaped pet.
He told the Daily Record, “Jax was an intelligent dog; he managed to open the door and shoot out the gate. My partner and I ran after him as soon as we heard the door.
“I saw him and then there was a deafening squeal and a loud thud as he collided with the car and it just kept going and never stopped. The sound will live with me forever.”
Kris and his wife Kelly Anne rushed Jax to a local veterinary clinic, only to discover he had a punctured lung and a leg fractured so badly it would have to be amputated. It was soon decided his injuries were just too severe for him to recover, and Jax was put to sleep yesterday, Monday 28 November.
Now Jax's owners are appealing for help to catch the heartless motorist, who legally should have stopped after hitting Jax and is believed to have been speeding in a 30mph zone. Kelly Anne's mother, Elizabeth Mclellan, spoke to us and described Jax as her grandson, and said the family was 'broken' by what had happened.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said, “There was an incident at 7.15pm on Sunday, November 27, where a dog was knocked down. Police are trying to trace the driver of the vehicle. If there are any witnesses of this incident, could they please contact PC Johnstone at Hamilton Police Station on 101.”