Police appeal after hit-and-run kills Hatfield woman’s beloved rescue dog

PUBLISHED: 11:15 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 05 April 2018

Helen with her fiance and Ella. Picture: Helen Maybrey

Helen with her fiance and Ella. Picture: Helen Maybrey

Helen Maybrey

A Hatfield woman is asking the driver who killed her beloved dog in a hit-and run on Monday to come forward.

Debris from the collision. Picture: Helen MaybreyDebris from the collision. Picture: Helen Maybrey

Police are looking for the driver involved in a collision that killed Helen Maybrey’s dog Ella on Easter Monday.

The crash happened on the morning of April 2 when Helen was out with Ella walking on The Ridgeway.

Ella had dashed off through the woods when Helen heard a crash from the road so loud “it sounded like car on car”.

After Helen began looking for Ella, a passer-by told her that the dog was on the road.

Some of the debris left after the collision. Picture: Helen MaybreySome of the debris left after the collision. Picture: Helen Maybrey

Helen, who is a nurse, was distraught by what she saw. “She looked a mess,” she told the Welwyn Hatfield Times. “Her little body had just been mangled.

“I can’t get the image of her body out of my head.”

Other passers-by helped 29-year-old Helen get Ella to the vet, but the poor dog died on the way.

“I spoke to the vets the next day and they said her injuries were consistent with a very high speed collision,” said Helen.

Helen with her fiance Mark and Ella. Picture: Helen MaybreyHelen with her fiance Mark and Ella. Picture: Helen Maybrey

Now she is asking for any information that could help lead to the driver.

She has also appealed to the driver to come forward. “Accidents happen and I accept that,” she said. “It’s the fact that they were so heartless and they didn’t stop.

“What if it had been a child?

“People need to slow down on the road. How hard is it to drive at a normal speed?

Ella was a much-loved rescue dog. Picture: Helen MaybreyElla was a much-loved rescue dog. Picture: Helen Maybrey

“If you have a heart you would own up to what you’ve done.”

Pieces of the car involved in the collision were left in the road which Helen picked up and gave to police to assist in their hunt.

Police have not confirmed the make of car but Helen believes it may be part of a Skoda Octavia.

A police spokesperson said: “An unidentified vehicle had collided with a dog and the vehicle failed to stop at the scene.

Ella with Helen's horse. Picture: Helen MaybreyElla with Helen's horse. Picture: Helen Maybrey

“Any witnesses, or anyone with any other information about the unidentified vehicle, should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 176 of April 2.”

Ella joined Helen’s family as a thin, 8-week-old rescue puppy covered in fleas and in need of love - which Helen’s family lavished on her.

“She had a godawful start in life and a godawful end to it,” said Helen. But after Ella was rescued, Helen said “she was so happy the whole time.

“She was our pride and joy.”

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