Driver alleged to have intentionally hit dog in Cedar Park

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Cedar Park police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who didn’t slow down after injuring a dog on Thursday.

Jennifer Gurgevich was visiting friends in Cedar Park for the Easter holiday when her dog,Gunner, got out from where they were staying and began running down Bagdad Road. Witnesses said someone driving a gray or silver Nissan Versa yelled, “Marco,” before swerving and hitting the dog, continuing to drive down the road.

The vehicle sustained some damage to the front passenger side, losing a fog light cover, which was recovered by Gunner’s owner.

Gunner sustained brain and spinal cord injuries. A GoFundMe account (https://www.gofundme.com/medical-help-for-our-dog-gunner) has been set up to help with medical bills. As of Monday night, they had surpassed their initial request of $6,500, with more than 150 donations.

According to the page, Gunner was rushed to the emergency room, where he remains in critical condition and doctors are optimistic about his condition. 

However, he will need rehab and therapy to regain strength and learn to walk again.

An update posted at 7 p.m. Monday said the dog will not need surgery and has a mild contusion on his brain stem. He is being treated at a specialty vet clinic in Round Rock and the family hopes to be able to bring him back to their home in Midland within the next week, where he will continue rehab and therapy.

If you have information about this case, contact the Cedar Park Police Department at 512-260-4600.

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