Debby Lange and dog Zeta. Photo / Debby Lange
The driver of a car which unknowingly hit a dog moments
after it had already been involved in a hit-and-run was
horrified to find out the animal was not a "pothole", police
Five-year-old miniature schnauzer Zeta was hit by two cars on
Stanmore Rd, Christchurch, around 6.40pm yesterday while on a
daily walk with owner Debby Lange, 44.
The first smash involved a blue 1984 model Holden Commodore.
Police are searching for information on the out of control
driver who was behind the wheel when the car skidded over a
kerb and hit Zeta, before driving off.
The impact of the collision tore the dog leash from Ms
Lange's hand. Zeta, who was terrified and badly injured,
limped onto the road and was hit by a second car.
A man read about the incident in media reports and went into
the central Christchurch station to explain his side of
things, Constable Steve Sibley said.
The man said he thought he had driven over a pothole.
"He's pretty cut up about it. ... Unfortunately [he was] in
the wrong place at the wrong time."
Ms Lange buried Zeta this afternoon.
The devastated owner had carried her beloved pooch to the
nearby Sideline Sports Bar after the incident occurred, where
the dog was rushed to a vet.
Ms Lange was told to stay at the bar where others consoled
her. Shortly afterwards, her friends called to give her the
"I'm devastated. I'm going to miss her terribly," she said.
"I lost a hair salon business in the quakes and have been
moved around from house to house. She was what kept me going
through it all."
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information
about the incident.
Mr Sibley can be contacted on 021 1911 385, or calls can be
made anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.