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A dog once dragged now helps others

A dog who was dragged behind a car in Kentucky seven years ago now helps people who are dealing with an illness in their family.

Roadie, an 8-year-old beagle and a certified therapy dog, greets guests at the Hospital Hospitality House of Lexington, WKYT-TV reports. The facility provides temporary overnight accommodations to family and friends of patients in Lexington area hospitals.

“Everybody loves Roadie,” said Hospital Hospitality House Executive Director Lynn Morgan. “Roadie knows people very well and she knows how to make them feel comfortable.”

In July of 2004, the beagle was dragged on the street behind a car in Pulaski County, losing an eye and nearly her life. Dennis Wayne Fitzpatrick, of Somerset, pled guilty to cruelty to animals and was fined

After the accident, volunteers at Hospitality House put in an application to adopt her. Morgan said that initially he wasn’t sure the house was the place for a dog.

“To my surprise I was wrong, it was a very good place for a therapy dog. Roadie has been a companion and a caring counselor to our guests,” he said. “She is so much like the people who stay with us — she’s been through a very difficult medical situation and she survived it.”


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time February 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I just want to hug her and rub her little Beagle ears and sneak her a treat. What a beautiful dog! And no wonder she has so many adoring friends.

Comment from Anonymous
Time February 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

@anne’n’spencer – Thank you for having something positive to say about this piece. I read it a couple of hours ago and my instinctive response was: “FINED?!?” (as in: ‘slapped on the wrist?!?’). I get heartsick at the far too common stories of animal cruelty, and then sickened at the so-called “punishment” meted out to the perpetrators.
Of course I’m happy at Roadie’s recovery and her new useful/helpful/purposeful life, but I also can’t help feeling overwhelmed at the suffering she had to endure to get there. What is wrong with people?

Comment from Anonymous
Time February 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

The story begins so sadly, that is abominable animal cruelty, but finally it ends so beautiful. How better are dogs than humans! Little sweet Roadie, you are certainly suffering from a post traumatic stress. I hope the humans with whom you are living now give you all the love you deserve.

Comment from Paula jean Meyer
Time February 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

again “mans best friends” meets
“Mans worst”………..
but DOG ……….Rises above
Clap Clap clap…
come see me anytime..
Paula jean