‘Help us track down the speeding driver who took poor Ted away from us’

Nicola Gooding, friend Nikki Dolling and  Karen Gooding are appealing for information about the hit and run incident
Nicola Gooding, friend Nikki Dolling and Karen Gooding are appealing for information about the hit and run incident

A devastated family whose dog was killed in a hit and run incident are appealing for information to help find the speedster culprit.

Karen Gooding and daughter Nicola were taking golden Labrador Ted to a routine vet’s appointment on Thursday evening when a silver car – believed to be either a modified Ford Focus or a Vauxhall Astra – hit the dog as he was getting out of the car while on the lead.

It happened at 6.10pm opposite MediVets in Risedale Road – a 30mph zone – in Hemel Hempstead.

Nicola said: “This car came round the corner out of nowhere on two wheels, going about 60mph.

“They hit Ted and he spun round like a bottle. He had no skin left on his belly.”

Karen tried to chase the car while Nicola lay in the road with injured Ted, before the pair rushed him into the vets where he was given oxygen and then transferred to a branch in Watford.

Scans found that despite the impact Ted had no broken bones or internal bleeding – but vets suspected he had suffered spinal damage because he was unable to walk.

The family were offered the option of surgery, but were told there was no guarantee it would work and could cause the beloved pet more pain.

Karen and Nicola decided the best thing they could do was to have Ted put to sleep.

Karen said: “He was everybody’s friend. Everybody knew him, everybody loved him. He didn’t deserve it.”

Nicola, 19, said: “Even after he had been hit, his tail was still wagging. He had a tyre mark on him.”

The family, of Thumpers, Highfield, reported the incident to police, but were told that without the vehicle’s registration number the chances of finding the culprit are slim.

This drove the family to produce posters – which they have pinned up in the local area and posted through doors – in a bid to see if anyone has any information to help them.

The loss of Ted has come as a huge blow to the Goodings, as the 81/2 year old pooch was a great source of comfort after Karen’s husband and Nicola’s father Billy lost his fight to lung cancer in March 2010.

Karen, 48, said: “Ted’s gone to be with his daddy now. Billy said after he had gone, we would be able to feel his hugs through Ted. Billy will be looking after him now. They were best pals.

“We want justice for Ted. To the person who’s done this, just hand yourself in, just come forward. You’ve hurt us so much, we’ve lost our little man.”

Karen thanked MediVet staff for their help and dedication in caring for Ted. She said: “They made him comfortable and they let us be with him. They were amazing.”

Anyone with information can contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting log number 578 of August 22.