Guard dog run over while chasing intruders
A GUARD dog which scared off burglars was mown down by a car as it chased them away.
Taylor the husky and his comrade Jack Russell Zak bravely saw off the intruders at Garden Machinery in Alvin Street.
But after tailing them out of the compound Taylor was struck by a car in Escort Road.
Puppy Zak, who had chased him into the road, shielded the injured husky as further cars went passed.
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Caring passers-by scooped up Taylor and took the two brave canines home before calling their owner Philip Wiggall.
His business partner Lynn Mills rushed to collect them and take Taylor to the vet.
"The intruders did not take a thing, so Taylor did his job," said Lynn.
"We treasure our dogs, they are a part of the business, so to get a call saying they had been run over was awful."
On Monday, Lynn had noticed her keys to the shop were missing, but thought she had left them at home.
They closed up the shop as normal at 5.30pm, leaving five-year-old Taylor and eight-month-old Zak inside.
But at 8pm they got the alarming call from a concerned motorist telling them Taylor had been injured.
Lynn rushed to collect them, while Philip went to the shop to find the side door wide open.
Vets discovered Taylor's paw had been split open and he had to undergo emergency surgery to stitch it back up.
"I want to thank the motorists who stopped," said Lynn.
"And I want the motorist who knocked Taylor over to know we don't usually let our dogs roam around.
"It must have been an awful thing for the man who hit him."
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary said: "We received a report of a break-in at a shop in Gloucester between 5.45pm and 8.30pm on Monday, June 27.
"Two dogs escaped through an open door as a result of the burglary and one was run over.
"Anyone with information is urged to call Gloucestershire Police on 0845 090 1234, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting 516 of June 27."