It was still light and Darcy had been let off the lead, but his owner said he knew not to stray on to the roads and was aware of avoiding cars.
But the worst happened when Mrs Brusby’s back was turned, as she heard an “almighty bang” and when she looked around, she saw her precious dog had been hit by a car while he was on the grass near the road.
Instead of stopping to help, Mrs Brusby said the driver hesitated and then drove off, leaving her to cradle her terribly injured dog in her arms until a passerby came to help.
‘It was absolutely horrific’
“I’ll never forget the sound of that almighty bang for as long as I live – it was absolutely horrific,” said Mrs Brusby.
“I hobbled over to Darcy, which was a real struggle for me as I can hardly walk with my MS, and knelt on the floor next to him to try and comfort him after he’d been hit.
“His back was bent, blood was coming from his nose and he had cuts all over his legs but he was in that much shock that he couldn’t make a sound and was just shaking as I cradled him.
“My phone was dead so I couldn’t call anyone to help me, and I tried to get to the houses nearby to see if they could call my daughter for me, but nobody was in.
‘I was screaming for help’
“I just had to kneel there with Darcy and was screaming ‘please God, let someone come past and help me’, until a lovely man stopped in his car about 15 minutes later and called my daughter for me, who then got hold of the vet and they both came to pick up me and Darcy and take him to the vets.
“They did x-rays on Darcy that showed his vertebrae was broken, and that he would only have a 5 per cent survival rate by having surgery at a hospital that was a two hour drive away, so we decided to let him go and put him out of his misery as he had no feeling from the bottom of his shoulders down.”
For Mrs Brusby and her husband, “life is hell” at the moment and they are struggling to cope with the loss of Darcy, who meant the absolute world to them and became a member of the family ever since he was a puppy.
Due to her MS, Mrs Brusby struggles to get around, but Darcy knew how to take good care of her and was always at her side and there to support her.
Following his death, Mrs Brusby cannot believe the driver did not stop to help or even apologise, and wonders how she can go on without her cherished pet
“Darcy was a beautiful dog with a great temperament and was so clever that he could even count – he looked after me when I was out in my chair and scooter and was the most perfect assistance dog,” said Mrs Brusby.
“He was perfect, a real member of the family who adored our grandchildren.
‘I will never understand how the driver could do this’
“He was also the brother of my daughter’s dog Misty, and both dogs loved to spend time together and play – she’s going to be forever looking for him and won’t understand why he’s not here anymore.
“Darcy was everything that you would ever want in a companion and I don’t know how we are going to cope without him – the whole house is now dead without him and I just can’t believe he’s not here anymore.
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“If Darcy was ill or poorly, it would have been easier to cope with his loss, but to have him ripped away from us in such a tragic way is just devastating and something I’m really struggling to deal with.
“At least if the driver had stopped to help or apologised after what he did, that would have been something, but I don’t even have the words for someone to do something so despicable as to drive away when they knew that had hit Darcy, and must have a big dint in their car to prove it.”
The hit-and-run was reported to Humberside Police and Mrs Brusby would like the person responsible for Darcy’s death to come forward.
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