A woman was left distraught after two bike-riding yobs deliberately ran over her dog while she was taking her daily coronavirus lockdown exercise.
Clare Harrison was walking beagle-cross Dexter on a footpath at Birchenwood Park in Kidsgrove when two speeding teenage cyclists appeared from nowhere.
Before Dexter had a chance to get out of the way, one of the bikes hit him leaving him covered in cuts and bruises.
But rather than stop to check on Clare and Dexter, the pair pedalled off into the distance.
Three-year-old Dexter is now recovering at home in Packmoor following the shocking incident, which happened at around 2pm on Monday (April 6).
Veterinary nurse Clare, aged 43, said: “When they saw him it’s like they aimed straight for him and they cycled straight off.
“They came out of nowhere, they must have been going at 20mph to 30mph.
“He could have died if they hit him straight on. As soon as they saw us they sped up.
“He’s not too bad considering, he’s got a few cuts and bruises. He’s very sore and stiff but he’s lucky not to have been killed.
“We’ve had Dexter since he was a puppy and he’s such a lovely and friendly little dog.
“He was fearful of bikes before and this is going to make him even worse.”
Clare, who works at Beechwood Veterinary Practice in Kidsgrove, believes the two youths responsible were no older than 15 or 16.
And it is believed they may be behind a spate of incidents in the park in recent weeks.
She added: “They were two young lads. It all happened so quickly, I didn’t even get a chance to see the colour of the bikes they wee on.
“There was an elderly couple behind us and someone else said they saw them too and they just missed their young daughter.
“From what I’ve been told they’re well-known for doing this at Birchenwood.
“The footpath is popular with the elderly and mums with buggies. It’s incredibly dangerous.
“I’ve reported it to the police but there’s not a lot they can do as I don’t have a description. They did say that they would step up patrols in the area and keep an eye out for them.
“They will be making people in the area aware and are keeping an eye out for them.”