A beloved pet dog managed to survive being hit by a car after getting trapped in the engine compartment inside the vehicle’s bumper.
The Harborough vet who was called to the scene described it is as the most bizarre incident he has encountered in his 18-year career and hailed it as a “miracle” that dog Kate survived.
Vet Nick Turner-Henke, of the Ash Tree Veterinary Centre in Northampton Road, Harborough, was on call when he was contacted by Leicstershire Police at 10.30pm asking him to attend an incident in Lubenham Hill in town where a dog had been hit by a car.
Mr Turner-Henke said: “I live that end of town so rushed out immediately to help out.
“When I arrived I saw a family car facing down the hill with a police officer knelt at the front but no sign of the dog. Bizarrely, the dog was trapped in the engine compartment inside the bumper.
“The plastic grille – which was only six inches wide – under the registration plate had partly given way with the impact of the collision, Kate had been shunted through it, and then it had sprung back into position.
“All you could see were Kate’s scared eyes peeking through the grill. She was obviously a bit shocked but after bending the grill out she looked fine under initial examination, using a torch, through the tiny gap.
“I had a good feel and could find no major injuries.
“The next job was to try to get her out – I managed to just about fit my arms around her back and with the aid of a police officer, we managed to just squeeze her out.
“It was obvious when she was freed that she had injured her right back leg. I assessed her at the surgery and gave pain relief overnight.”
The next morning X-rays revealed a dislocated hip which the vet managed to pop back into place and Kate is now making excellent progress.
“The fact that the owner is a Reverend just makes it even more of a miracle,” said Mr Turner-Henke.
“If she had been hit a few inches higher, lower or to the side then it would have been a very different outcome.”
The Rev Canon Brian Davis, of Lubenham Hill, said: “It is a mystery how Kate got out of my garden onto the road.
“I had let her out for her end-of-the-day exercise. My long back garden is very secure, surrounded by other gardens.
“I can only assume she found her way through two neighbouring gardens.
“I had been whistling her to return and was about to go looking for her when a policeman rang the door bell.
“I am so thankful that she has made a remarkable recovery. Kate was my mother’s dog.
“Mum died 18 months ago. I have grown very fond of her dog. She is about 15 years old and very fit. We go jogging every morning.”