By Chris Ballinger
TWO DOGS died after being tied to a car and dragged along a B-road for more than a mile.
The pair of Rottweiler crosses were killed after their owners hooked them up to the back of a Land Rover and – minutes later – drove off in what police are calling a "tragic accident".
On Saturday, at about 3pm, a woman tied the dogs to the 4x4 vehicle outside her house in Balcombe Road, Crawley, and went indoors.
Her husband then drove off, unaware the dogs were still attached, and travelled about a mile before realising what had happened.
It is believed the first dog fell from the car as it passed the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, where it was later found dead. The second dog became unstrapped as the car went on to the flyover, which leads on to Crawley Avenue.
A resident found the second dog barely alive and called the police. The pet later died from its horrific injuries.
Officers arrived at the flyover and met the male owner, who was making his way back and explained what had happened.
It is not believed the pair will face any criminal charges and Sussex Police has confirmed they are discussing the accident with RSPCA officers.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: "We received a call from a member of the public who saw a 4x4 being driven along the Balcombe Road and two animals were seen tied to the back of it being pulled along on the ground.
"The police received further calls from passers-by who had to swerve in the road to avoid the animals. This is a tragic accident and the family is understandably devastated."