Bridgeport couple: Dog struck by car will require surgery to save leg

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What began as a perfect day to get some fresh air soon became a nightmare for one Bridgeport family when their dog Stella was struck by a car.

Natasha Valentine's husband went for a walk Monday afternoon with their infant son and Stella, who usually walks without a leash.

Natasha Valentine says the group was crossing Jewett Avenue when a car came flying through, missing her husband and child but hitting Stella.

“It just kept going,” she told News 12.

Natasha Valentine says a passerby soon came over and assisted them. Valentine's husband didn't catch the license plate of the car involved. He focused his efforts on quickly getting the dog medical care.

Stella is now recovering from internal injuries and a shattered leg. Valentine has started a fundraising campaign to help pay for the hospital bill, which she expects to cost $7,000-$10,000.

Valentine hopes what happened to Stella makes drivers slow down and pay attention.

 

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