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Owner searches for driver who hit, killed her dog in Bristol

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BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

The owner of a dog killed by a hit-and-run driver in Bristol is urging the person responsible to come forward.  

Pinto was a five-pound, 4-year-old Chihuahua. The dog died Sunday morning after being hit by an SUV on South Street Extension in Bristol.

His owner Alexsandra Gonzalez said he is heartbroken.

“Everywhere I'd go he would go, and there's times he's jump in the shower,” Gonzalez said. “And when I’d eat my food, he would too. We just had a lot in common even though he was a dog.”

Pinto got off his lease and ran across South Street Extension around 11:15 a.m.

Gonzalez's brother called him to get back in the yard. Pinto was crossing the street when he was hit.

“When he was crossing the street, I guess he looked both ways and when the car was coming it like went forward and hit the dog and kept going," Gonzalez said.

The dog was hit right in front of Gonzalez's house. But it was all caught on surveillance cameras across the street at a neighbor's house. The video appears to show  the car not slowing down.

Bristol police said the case is now closed because they can't grab the license plate number of what looks to be a silver Ford Escape off the surveillance video.

Police also say because of the size of the dog, the driver may have not known they hit it.

“In the video, I know they had to at least see him coming over," Gonzalez said.  

For Gonzalez, she said she hopes the driver will come forward.

“At least someone to say it was them and honestly I don’t want anything from it,” Gonzalez said. “But they can say sorry for hitting your dog.”  

Under Connecticut law, if you hit someone's pet, you have to report it to police or tell the dog's owner.

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