A good Samaritan who stayed with a dog in his final moments is appealing for the owners to come forward.
Public-spirited Amanda Townsend, of Clitheroe, was out walking her four dogs this morning (Monday) when she spotted a black lurcher on Edisford Road. She claims he had been hit by a car and the driver had fled the scene.
In a Facebook post, Amanda wrote: "Unfortunately, I'm stood with a dead dog on Edisford Road, Clitheroe.
"The driver has left. I've called the police, but they won't come out as the dog is dead. It's a black knee high lurcher with a white chest and white chin.I have closed its eyes and moved it to the side of the path near the bushes half way down Roefield football pitch. Anyone know whose it is? There is also a brown one running loose too."
Speaking to the Clitheroe Advertiser, Amanda said: "The dog has now been removed by Ribble Valley Borough Council, but it was awful and heartbreaking to see someone had left it and he was dying alone. It probably wasn't the driver's fault if he didn't see the dog. It was absolutely freezing too this morning. I stayed with the dog for half an hour and contacted the local vets, but still don't know who the owners are. It seems like a well looked after and well-fed dog, but he wasn't wearing a collar. If you have lost a dog which fits the description, please contact Ribble Valley Borough Council."