Dog killed in hit-and-run

Last updated 15:45 31/12/2013
Funeral for hit-and-run dog
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Debby Lange, assisted by her parents, Jim and Trish Lange, buries her dog, Zeta.

Debby Lange and Zeta
DEVASTATED: Debby Lange saw her miniature schnauzer Zeta killed in a hit-and-run.
Richmond Workingmen's Club scenef
John Kirk-Anderson
FATAL SCENE: The family dog was killed on the pavement outside the Richmond Workingmen's Club.

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A dog owner is distraught after her "baby" was hit and killed by a boy racer.

Debby Lange was walking Zeta, a five-year-old miniature schnauzer, along Stanmore Rd yesterday evening when a car doing burnouts skid across the road onto the footpath and hit the dog.

Zeta was flung into the road, where she was clipped by a second car.

Lange ran into the road and picked up Zeta, calling for help from passers-by. But when no help came, she took the dog to the neighbourhood bar.

When she carried the dog in the door, Lange ''knew she was gone''.

Staff at the Sideline Sports Bar on Stanmore Rd took Zeta to the vet, but the dog was pronounced dead.

This afternoon, Zeta's body was buried at Lange's parents' house in Rolleston. 

Zeta was a present from an ex-partner, and Lange picked out the pup when she was four weeks old. The two went everywhere together and Lange called Zeta her ''baby''.

Lange, a mother-of-three, works at a Richmond hair salon. She owned her own salon in Avonside, but it was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake.

She also had to move out of her Dallington rental property, and now lives in Richmond where she and Zeta were regulars at the Sideline bar.

The pair were headed to the supermarket, past the site of the recently demolished Richmond Workingmen's Club, and the blue Holden Commodore was travelling south along Stanmore Rd. 

Lange said the car had stopped briefly before driving off, so ''he knew he hit her''. The driver of the second car probably had no idea they had clipped the dog.

Constable Steve Sibley said it was lucky it was not a "double tragedy" as the car narrowly missed Lange.

Sibley said police were looking for a blue Holden Commodore, 1984 model, but a partial registration had not narrowed down the search.

He said finding it would be a "needle in a haystack" especially with visitors arriving in Christchurch for the holidays and the rebuild.

He hoped someone would come forward with information to help police piece together what happened.

Any witnesses or people with information should call Christchurch police on 03 363 7400 or anonymously via 0800 555 111.

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