Salford: Poodle puppy killed by electric scooter on walk

Rupert the poodle puppy wearing a pink jacket

Rupert’s owner said he was hit by an electric scooter (Image: MEN Media)

A woman has been left heartbroken after her puppy was run over and killed by two boys on an electric scooter who didn’t stop at the scene.

Susan Leigh, 63, was out walking her poodle puppy Rupert in Salford last week.

She stopped at a bench to give Rupert a drink and says the boys then raced towards her and ran right over the dog, leaving him motionless.

They looked back but didn’t stop to help or apologize, she claimed.

As Susan cried out for help, passers-by came over with a man and offered to drive her to a vet.

Nine-month-old Rupert was revived but unfortunately could not be saved and died shortly thereafter.

Susan told the Manchester Evening News: “There were two boys on bikes. You must have driven at least 20 miles per hour.

“They looked around to see what they had hit and then just drove off.

Susan is devastated by the loss of her pet

Susan is devastated by the loss of her pet (Image: MEN Media)

“I yelled that I had to get him off track. He didn’t move and blood flowed from him.’

Rupert was struck while walking along the Walkden to Little Hulton Loop Line, a walking and cycling route.

Her neighbor Cheryl said no motor vehicle should have been on the trail.

She added that Susan lives alone and her dog is “her life.”

“She’s absolutely devastated,” she said. “She didn’t even hear the scooter coming, she just appeared and drove over it, it was that fast. That could have been a child.”

Greater Manchester Police said the incident had been reported to them and an investigation was ongoing.

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