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Driver hunted after pet's tragic death.

A MUCH-LOVED pet was killed after it was struck by a driver who police are now trying to trace.

Scrappy, a Yorkshire Terrier, Jack Russell cross - pictured inset - died after suffering serious injuries when he was hit by a car.

His owners Derek and Anne-Marie Stevenson, along with their children, are devastated by his death and angry that the driver didn't stop at the scene.

Anne-Marie, mum to Jack Humphrey, 12, Shane, eight Zac, three, and seven-week-old Hope, said: "It's awful. He was a brilliant dog. It has affected my eight-year-old the most.

"I keep wondering why they didn't stop. They must have known that they had hit him."

Scrappy, who was 14, was struck by a car on Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough, after he accidentally got out.

The first Anne-Marie heard of it was when a stranger knocked on the door.

The 32-year-old said: "They asked me if I had a dog and said he had been knocked over. I went out and he was in a police car.

"The police took my address and shot him off to the vets. By the time I got there I was told his injuries were too severe and he had to be put to sleep."

The family is now struggling to come to terms with losing Scrappy, who had been with Derek, 63, since he was a puppy.

Anne-Marie said: "He was soft and gentle and great with the kids. He was full of life and always bouncing around like he was a young puppy."

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at around 4.15pm on Friday, January 11.

It is a criminal offence not to report an accident and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Russell Doherty, of Middlesbrough Police, on the 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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DEVASTATED: Mum Anne-Marie Stevenson, inset top, and her children from left Zac, Jack and Shane Pictures by KATIE LUNN
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 23, 2013
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