Drivers put their lives at risk to help dog on A180
ANIMAL-LOVING drivers risked their lives to help a panicked dog after it ran out and became trapped on the busy A180 dual carriageway.
Concerned motorists using the stretch of road between the flyover and Moody Lane stopped and got out of their cars at the side of the road – one man even parked his van on the central reservation to block oncoming cars – after they saw the black dog frantically weaving between the traffic.
It happened between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday night – one of the road's busiest times because at the same time hundreds of Humber Bank factory workers were leaving their night-shift.
Sadly, the dog was hit by a dark blue or black car and died at the scene, and the motorist did not stop.
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Devastated that their heroic actions did not save it, those who were there want to reassure the unknown owners that their pet did not die alone.
Factory worker Pauline Richmond, of Immingham, watched in horror on her way back from her nightshift at Young's Seafood.
Choked by the attempted rescue attempts, she said: "By the time we got there the dog had already been on the road for an hour. There was a couple from Sunderland trying in vain to rescue the dog. They were even using their own Jack Russell to attract it. They were going up and down the carriage way desperately trying to get the dog back. They were doing all they could to save it.
"It was such a dangerous thing for these drivers to do, they were putting their lives at risk for a dog – the road was like a race track."
After the animal – who was wearing a red collar – was hit by the car, the man who parked his car in the central reservation wrapped it up in a fluorescent jacket to keep it warm.
He and a few other people then stroked its face and talked to it as it passed away.
Mrs Richmond said: "The driver didn't even have the decency to stop to see if it was okay. We contacted the police because there was some debris on the road from the car that hit it. It is a shame it wasn't the number plate.
"It got a lot of love at the end, people were stroking it and comforting it. It is so upsetting to think this was someone's pet. I want the owners to know it wasn't on its own."
It is not known if the pet was micro-chipped but the accident comes during the Blue Cross' national microchipping month – a procedure vital in returning runaway pets with their owners.
Chief vet at Grimsby's Blue Cross Animal Hospital, Susan Knox, said: "The response by those passers-by who bravely rushed to help illustrates how Grimsby is a town of animal lovers.
"We see this every day at the animal hospital. They are so devoted and we know their hearts will go out to the poor owners of this dog."
Humberside Police passed on the incident to North East Lincolnshire Council, who removed the dog from the road.
Head of development at the council, Jason Longhurst, said: "This is a terrible situation, and understandably people wanted to help. "However, the A180 is a fast, busy road and drivers should only stop in extreme circumstances."