Tamworth woman believes dog was let out of yard on purpose

DEVASTATED: Brooke Wett with Cheko's mate are devastated by their loss but grateful for the community support. Photo: Gareth Gardner. 160617GGA03

DEVASTATED: Brooke Wett with Cheko's mate are devastated by their loss but grateful for the community support. Photo: Gareth Gardner. 160617GGA03

A TAMWORTH woman has praised the kindness of the local community after an horrific end to her best friend’s life this week.

Brooke Wett’s beloved Dogue De Bordeaux, Cheko, died on Wednesday night after he was struck by a car on Scott Rd.

 Ms Wett believes the champion bloodline dog was intentionally let out of her yard to breed with a female dog on heat.

She said the driver of the car did not stop to help Cheko but instead four other people rushed to his side.

The beloved family pet was paralysed and the injury to his back was deemed so severe he had to be euthanized, leaving Ms Wett and her family heartbroken.

“I was at work and my partner got the call suggesting one of our dogs had been hit by a car.

“Someone has opened the gate, it has a special handle you have got to fiddle around with to open.

“Someone has done that for my dog to get over their dog on heat. Someone has just hit him and took off and left him there to die.”

Ms Wett said she was able to rush to the vet and say goodbye to her beloved companion.

“I’m upset...and I’m devastated. He meant a lot to us,” she said.

“This was basically for someone else’s gain  – he is a $2500 dog from a champion bloodline and people want to make money off the puppies.”

In a move to have her companion permanently home Ms Wett created a crowdfunding page to raise money for Cheko’s cremation. 

As of Friday afternoon the page had raised more than $600.

She thanked the community for their support, along with those who stopped to help Cheko.

“I honestly can’t believe it, it brought me to tears,” she said. “There are no words to describe people’s generosity – I’d be lost without them.”

Ms Wett said she intended to file a report with Tamworth Police.