Mother’s appeal for awareness after ‘Angel’ dog dies near school

Rebeccas young daughter Sophie had just left when her white Westland Terrier, named Angel, ran out between two parked cars
Rebeccas young daughter Sophie had just left when her white Westland Terrier, named Angel, ran out between two parked cars

A mother has spoken of her anguish after her ‘Angel’ pet dog died following a collision with a car near her daughter’s school.

Rebecca Millar, 35, is now urging more awareness of parking and driving near Shelley Primary School in Broadbridge Heath.

In the wake of the incident, police were contacted.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “A dog that was hit by a car in Broadbridge Heath on Monday (November 1) sadly died from its injuries.

“A passer-by took the dog to the vet and it is understood that its owner was aware, but has not made themself known to police.

“Police would also like to identify the owner of a red Ford Fiesta that is believed to have collided with the dog in Wickhurst Lane around 8.40am, but did not stop.”

One of Rebecca’s two daughters had just left when her white Westland Terrier, named Angel, ran out between two parked cars near the school and was in collision with a car.

“It was all so quick,” she said. “I broke down.”

“I can only describe her as my little shadow,” said Rebecca.

“She followed me everywhere. The girls absolutely loved her.”

One of Rebecca’s neighbours took her to the nearest vets but there was nothing they could do when she arrived.

“It’s still a shock really, I think it is still sinking in,” she said.

Now Rebecca is calling for witnesses to come forward in the hope of tracking down the driver who failed to stop after the incident.

“I really just wanted something in the paper to appeal for any witnesses that saw it to try and let drivers be aware of their speeds.”

She also drew attention to the issue of parking near the school, an issue under discussion at a travel working group meeting at the school.

“It could have so easily been a child. It could have been my child,” she said.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact police by email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 492 of 01/11.