WITNESS are urged to come forward after a hit and run driver left a dog dead and its owner badly injured.
The man was out walking his two golden retrievers near Hylton Sea Cadets base in Riverside Park, Sunderland, when he was hit by a Rover 75.
The 66-year-old was seriously hurt and is still being treated for his injuries, following the smash at about 8.20am on Monday, November 4.
One of his dogs was killed and the other managed to escape unharmed.
A man and two teenage girls in the burgundy car left the scene before police arrived.
A 30-year-old man has since been arrested and bailed on suspicion of failing to stop after an accident.
Officers are now issuing a further appeal for anyone with information to come forward.
Sgt Lynne McKevitt, from Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols, said: “We have made extensive enquiries in relation to this collision which are ongoing.
“An earlier appeal failed to identify the two teenage girls in the vehicle at the time of the collision.
“I am keen to speak to these women - it’s still not too late for them to come forward and they may have information to assist with enquiries.
“I would urge anyone any information on the incident to contact us.”
People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 199 04/11/13, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on tel. 0800 555111.