ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque couple says their family hasn’t been the same since a driver hit their car and then took off.
The wreck left one of their dogs dead, another seriously injured and there’s a third dog they’re still looking for.
“On the way home, there was an erratic driver that was behind us,” Ashley Langlinais said.
Last Sunday, Ashley Langlinais and her husband were heading west down Paseo del Norte when they spotted someone driving all over the place.
“And they hit us and we spun out and we flipped,” Langlinais said.
Their pickup was totaled. Thankfully, the couple would walk away with minor injuries, but their dogs weren’t as lucky.
“We have three dogs,” Langlinais said. “One big dog got ejected from the vehicle and we believe she died on impact.”
Langlinais rescued Bella, who was killed in the crash, from a shelter. Their other dog, Rocky a five pound Yorkie, was injured in the crash.
“He made it, but he does have some head trauma,” Langlinais said.
And then there’s another Yorkie who remains missing.
“Pixie, she’s a 10 pound Yorkie, silver Yorkie,” Langlinais said. “She was wearing tags, microchip the whole nine yards and we saw her running.”
Langlinais says Pixie took off running east and that someone tried chasing her for nearly a mile.
“All of your pets you love for different reasons and she was my wild child,” Langlinais said.
Langlinais is now taking the search to social media. Her friend created a website to help locate Pixie.
“Posting on Facebook, on the ABQ swap Rio Rancho swap as well as other friends on Facebook just sharing it and getting the word out,” Langlinais said. “We want her to come home and be with her family.”
First responders told Langlinais they thought the dog may have been killed in the wreck, but Langlinais says the dog’s body hasn’t been found and the microchip is still active.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office has yet to find the driver responsible for the crash. They’re looking for a damaged blue or green four door car, possibly a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.
Last month, BCSO deputies charged a suspected drunk driver with extreme animal cruelty when they say he rolled his SUV, seriously injuring his dog. Deputies say several animal rights groups contacted them saying they were the first agency to hand down such a charge.
It’s not clear if the driver in this case could face similar charges.