Dagenham woman distraught after pet hit-and-run

PUBLISHED: 19:00 17 September 2015

Kerry Golloghly is looking for the man she says ran over her dog, Holden

Kerry Golloghly is looking for the man she says ran over her dog, Holden


A dog-lover has issued a heartfelt plea after a school run accident resulted in her beloved pet’s death.

Kerry Golloghly, 37, is trying to trace the driver of a black car which she says hit and killed her beloved dog, Holden.

The seven-year-old dog rushed out into the road of the cul-de-sac where she lives in Charlecote Road, Dagenham, after an electrician left the door open at about 8am on September 11.

Kerry then followed the dog out on to the road, where she heard a yelp and the black car screech to a halt.

“He couldn’t move and I was devastated,” the mum-of-two said.

She says that the driver stopped to say that he couldn’t hang around, explaining he was in a rush to take his kids to school.

Holden died of internal injuries shortly afterwards but, had he survived, his head injuries would have left him paralysed and unable to walk.

“If [the driver] had any decency or heart he would come forward,” said Kerry, who added that she is baffled that the driver has not returned with his contact details.

“To him he may have been just a dog; to us he was part of our family. I think he [the driver] should have come back to check Holden was alright – it’s heartless.

“It could have been a child he’d hit.”

Kerry, who lives with her daughter Jade, 18, has been struggling since Holden’s death.

The Rottweiler and Staffordshire bull terrier cross had been by her side while she struggled with ongoing health issues over the past few years.

“He was always with me, and was quite protective of me,” explained Kerry.

“It’s been hard not having him around.”

Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information should call 101.

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