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Chihuahua Marvin had to be put down after Belfast hit-and-run - family left heartbroken

By Claire Williamson

A mother has told of her heartbreak after their family pet dog had to be put down after a hit-and-run in south Belfast.

Marvin the chihuahua suffered a broken back and his spinal cord was punctured paralysing him as a result of the incident on the Finaghy Road South on Saturday evening.

The puppy had only turned two on October 20.

The family, including their three-year-old son Oliver, have been left devastated and are appealing for whoever was responsible or anyone with any information to come forward.

Owner Michelle told the Belfast Telegraph they have just bought a house in Finaghy and they called to her partner James' parents' house, who live on the main road.

But as they were getting in the car the little pup ran out into the road and was struck.

"He is super-fast and my partner tried to run after him and then all I could hear was the bang.

"My partner said they had tried to swerve and braked."

A number of passers-by stopped and tried to help.

"Where he was hit it literally crushed his spine and the vertebrae knocked together too much and completely shattered.

"One of the bones slipped up and punctured his spinal cord and completely paralysed him.

"He was still in quite a lot of pain.

"It was completely inoperable."

Little Oliver has been left wondering where his pet has gone as he is too young to understand.

Michelle said: "He knows there is something wrong and he knows Marvin is gone.  He keeps asking because they were joined at the hip. He keeps asking where Marvin has gone. I've told him in the nicest possible way but I'm sure as he gets older he'll understand a bit more.

"He just knows he's gone and is really upset about it."

She added: "I just want someone to take responsibility and apologise."

Police confirmed they received a report at around 2.30pm on Sunday of a hit-and-run road traffic collision within the vicinity of Finaghy Road South in Belfast.

It was reported that the previous evening, sometime after 6.48pm, a dog had been struck by a vehicle. It was reported that the vehicle braked and swerved, but drove on.

The dog sustained serious injuries as a result of the incident, and was subsequently put to sleep by a local vet.

Sergeant Mike Brown said: “I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of Finaghy Road South around the time of the incident and saw anything they feel could help with the investigation, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, to contact police on 101, quoting reference 854 22/10/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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