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Pet husky run over by van in Carlisle - twice

A beloved husky dog is fighting for her life after being run over by a van – twice.

Mishka, a five-year-old Siberian husky, was out walking with her owners Zoe and David Coleman, of Herbert Street, Harraby, Carlisle, on Tuesday at around 9pm when the accident happened.

The metal loop attaching Mishka’s lead to her collar snapped as they were near Pets at Home, on London Road, and she raced off through the car park and onto the main road.

There, she was hit by a white pick-up style truck.

“It pushed her up the road, and stopped.” Zoe, 20, recalled. “It then ran over her again as he drove off.

“Mishka never makes a noise and she was just screaming.”

The dog then tried to drag herself off the road, as cars steered around her broken body.

Zoe and David, 26, called a taxi and rushed Mishka to the vet.

“There is a 50:50 chance of her getting better,” Zoe explained. “They need to assess the internal bleeding and do X-rays. Her front paw was just hanging though and they’ve said that will need plating.”

The couple have only had Mishka for a year.

“She’s had five homes in five years,” David said. “We got her from a one-bedroom flat which was tiny and they couldn’t cope anymore.”

“They were struggling to walk her too,” Zoe continued. “She has recently started to really come on with her training, it was only the recall she wouldn’t always respond to – but that is as much huskies.”

Zoe is now desperately appealing for anyone with information about the driver of the van to come forwards.

She said: “We have got the police involved, because he should have stopped. We are even offering a reward for any information which leads to the man being identified and arrested.”

Friends and local businesses are supporting the appeal for information, by sharing Mishka’s story on social media sites.

They are also collecting to help towards the vet bills, and will send a cheque directly to Craig Robinson vets.

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Posted by Ian on 9 August 2013 at 08:28

In regards to the chain breaking, people have commented that they should have used a better quality or stronger one - well even quality products can fail through manufacturing flaws, we had a quality chain lead for our Alsation, if was rated nearly a hundred KG above the dogs weight, it broke (after only a few weeks use, so it was exchanged for a new one which has been fine).

Posted by It's me on 9 August 2013 at 06:27

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