A guide dog who was struck by a hit-and-run driver is recovering from surgery, and St. Petersburg police continue to seek the driver that hit her.
Abbey was hit about 10 a.m. Friday at Fifth Avenue North and 29th Street, police said.
James P. Judge, media relations manager for BluePearl Veterinary Partners in North Tampa, said late Wednesday that the 2-year-old mixed breed was stable through her surgery and is resting comfortably in intensive care.
Abbey's owner, Terry Ellrick, 59, of St. Petersburg, is legally blind, police said.
Ellrick told police he was in his yard with Abbey, who was not on a leash or harness. Ellrick said Abbey must have run into the street, where she was struck.
Ellrick could not give a description of the vehicle, which kept going after hitting the dog. Police said there were no witnesses.
Responding officers found the dog on the ground covered with a towel. A friend of Ellrick's said she would drive Abbey to an animal clinic, police said. Abbey was able to walk, police said, but officers helped lead the dog to the car and placed her in the back seat.
The hospital said it was accepting donations to assist with the cost of care for Abbey. Anyone wishing to donate was asked to call BluePearl's hospital at (813) 933-8944.
Anyone with information on the hit-and-run should call police at (727) 893-7780.