Police probe launched as Down family tell of devastation after pet dog Coco dies in collision
A family have been left devastated by the death of their pet dog after it was hit by a car while out for a walk in Co Down.
The McDowell family from Ballyhalbert have had Jack Russell Coco since she was a tiny puppy.
Sarah and her husband purchased the pup with some of their wedding money and every year when they celebrated their anniversary they also celebrated Coco's birthday.
Police have launched an investigation into the incident in which the five-year-old dog died.
Monday while out for a walk on the Portavogie Road between Ballyhalbert and Portavogie the family said the Jack Russell was struck by a car.
Mum Sarah claims her husband was almost hit too during the incident and that the driver failed to stop.
She said: "My husband was out walking with her and the car was that close it hit Coco and killed her outright almost hitting him to.
"We are devastated. My little girl who is just under two-years-old has been wondering where she is and asking if Coco is hiding. We have told her she is away for a big big walk."
A police spokesman said they are investigating the report of the incident.
He said: "It was reported that a dog was killed after being struck by a vehicle at around 1pm.
"Police would ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact them at Ards on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 671 24/10/16."