Police hunting ‘drunk’ driver after Kardinya woman and dog survive hit and run


Suzanne Siranovic and her three-legged, nine-lived dog Ceasar. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Suzanne Siranovic and her three-legged, nine-lived dog Ceasar. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

AN UNLIKELY hero has emerged from a hit and run incident in Kardinya – a dog who appears to have nine lives.

Police are looking for the driver who hit Suzanne Siranovic and her nine-year-old dog Ceasar when his white ute mounted a curb in Kardinya on Friday, June 30.

Ms Siranovic’s foot was broken and she was knocked to the ground on Hutchings Way at 9pm.

She said the driver moved her to the verge then fled the scene after she frantically called for help from neighbours because she could smell alcohol on his breath.

A couple living nearby rang police, who rushed the injured dog to Murdoch Vet Hospital.

Emergency and Critical Care Department veterinary supervisor Jill Griffiths said Ceasar was treated for shock.

“We were very, very happy the police brought him in as shock is potentially fatal,” Dr Griffiths said.

“The sooner we treat it the easier it is to get under control.”

Ceasar stayed in ICU overnight and was given IV fluids, a little oxygen and pain relief.

“He had grazes and injuries and appeared not to walk well on one leg – he was three-legged already – so we were worried it was broken.”

“There were three vets and four nurses involved so it was a real team effort in treating him.”

Ceasar is a dog with nine lives it seems, having survived a previous car accident – one that claimed his leg.

At birth, he was too big to follow his litter mates and was saved via caesarean section.

Ms Siranovic, 48, said she regained consciousness on the night to see Ceasar lying in the middle of the road, laying flat.

“I thought he was dead,” she said.

Ms Siranovic was recovering in hospital when she heard her fur baby was indeed alive and well.

“I lost his mum in 2010 – I kept the puppy no one wanted,” she said.

“Our time together isn’t over yet.”

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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