It’s one thing for police officers not to offer any help to a suffering dog. It’s another — and maybe even more shameful — for them to prohibit a citizen from doing so.
That’s what happened in Denver last week.
A dog hit by a car spent 90 minutes gasping for air and died as police investigated the accident. A citizen who tried to help the dog was shooed away by an officer and told he was impeding their investigation.
Apparently police considered the dog evidence, as opposed to a living thing. Apparently, protocol was more important than saving his life, or putting him out of his misery.
Video shows the dog, which had a collar and leash but no tags, laying in the middle of Federal Boulevard for nearly 90 minutes, Channel 7 in Denver reported.
Ross Knapp, a bystander who sought to help the dog and bring him water, says he was threatened with being arrested.
“I had one of the officers tell me I had to leave and couldn’t be near it. I tried a couple of times to go back and he just finally said I’m impeding on an investigation and if I came back I’d be arrested,” Knapp said.
Channel 7 reports 15 minutes passed before police called animal control, and that it took the animal control officer an additional 60 minutes to arrive.
“It’s always about the personal safety of that individual. It’s not trying to be cruel to the animal or cruel to the individual. It’s best if we get the animal control people in there, let them do what they do as experts and let them take the actions,” said Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson.
“I recognized Harley … I watched the video a couple of times and had others watch it hoping that somebody would say it’s just not him,” Juras said.
Juras contacted Denver Animal Control and confirmed Saturday morning that the dog seen in the 7NEWS video was her missing lab. Now she wants the officer who ignored her dog’s suffering to be held accountable.
“This animal was neglected and neglected by somebody that’s supposed to be there for your safety, supposed to take care of us in times like this,” Juras said.
Denver Police, in response to growing public indignation about the incident, posted a YouTube video in which a veterinarian and animal control officer explain why it’s best to wait for professionals to handle an injured animal.
Meanwhile, an online petition demanding an apology from the police department had nearly 8,000 signatures Sunday night.
Among them is that of Juras, who said she signed the petition before she even knew it was about her dog.
(Photo: Harley with his owner, Dani Juras / provided by Juras family)
Posted by John Woestendiek April 14th, 2014 under Muttsblog, videos.
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And one kitten.
Esperanza, as she’s been named (Spanish for “Hope”), was found on a central Alberta reserve by Criss Gerwing, who runs a small animal rescue group. The dog, a white shepherd mix, led Gerwing to her pups, and a kitten that, somehow, ended up nestled in with the rest of the litter.
“I cried because she was in such bad condition with her leg, but she was obviously nursing her puppies and this kitten,” Gerwing said.
The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Gerwing took all the animals to the Edmonton Humane Society, where veterinarians thought they’d have to amputate the mother dog’s bad leg. But a local veterinarian, Dr. Milton Ness, saying she was “a special soul” volunteered to perform surgery to save her leg.
“She is such a sweet, sweet dog,” Shawna Randolph at the humane society said. “She has such a wonderful personality.”
Posted by John Woestendiek December 21st, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alberta, canada, car, cat, criss gerwing, dog nursing cat, dr. milton ness, edmonton, edmonton humane society, esmerelda, injury, interspecies, kitten, leg, litter, mother, news, nursing, ohmidog!, puppies, pups, rescue, saved, shelter, struck, surgery
Lovebug needs some love.
The 13-week old pup was struck by a car on a Missouri Interstate highway.
She suffered in the tall grass for a day, before working up the energy to lift her head. A firefighter and his wife, passing by, saw her and stopped, wrapping her in his firefighter’s jacket and taking her to a local veterinarian.
There she was found to have two fractured legs and a broken pelvis — injuries that will require the installation of pins and plates, and cost about $2,000.
“She has charmed everyone with her zest for life and determined attitude. We are a non-profit organization and any help you can give would be greatly appreciated,” writes Cheri Zaiger, of American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue. “I just know if other people could see her face and hear her story some donations would come in to help her out of this devastating situation,” Zaiger added. The website has a box that can be clicked on to make donations.
American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue helps all types of coonhounds – Black and Tans, Redbones, Blue Ticks, Red Ticks, Tennessee Tree Walkers. It rescues most of them from kill shelters, keeps them in foster care and seeks to find permanent homes for them.
Posted by John Woestendiek June 7th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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John Travolta’s two family dogs were killed after being struck by an airport service vehicle at Maine’s Bangor International Airport.
Both dogs were being walked on leashes while Travolta’s jet was parked on an airport tarmac for refueling.
In a statement released to the Bangor Daily News, city officials said, “An airport service pickup truck was approaching the airplane to service the airplane and did not see the dogs. Unfortunately, the dogs were struck and killed. The airport is investigating the accident. Out of respect for the family’s privacy the city will make no further comment.”
The death of the two dogs comes a little more than a year after Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, lost their son, Jett, who died after suffering from a seizure while vacationing with them in the Bahamas.
Travolta is a licensed pilot and owns a home in Islesboro, a small coastal town in Maine. It was unclear who was on the plane or if Travolta was in the cockpit, CBS News reported.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 18th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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A stray shih-tzu in Utah got hit by an outbound train, and hit by it again on its return route, then was rescued and taken home by the engineer.
“I saw this little guy between the rail,” said Fred Krause, a Utah Railway engineer, “and of course and it was too late to do anything about it… It breaks your heart. But there’s nothing you can do.”
Krause’s train, on its way to Kennecott, struck the dog Sunday. On his return trip to Midvale, he encountered the dog again, ABC 4 News reported.
It was as if the dog were playing a game of chicken with the train, he said.
“I’m flashing the lights, blowing the horn, trying to get him out of the rails,” Krause said. “And he just ran right down the rails at us. I tried to slow down, got it from 20 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour when we hit, thought for sure we killed him.”
The engineer was required to keep the train moving, but when he got off work, Krause, who has a shih-tzu of his own, went back to the scene to look for the dog.
“I took my flashlight and walked down the rails and saw a heap of fur and thought this is it,” Krause said. “I shined a light on him and he turned around and looked at me.”
Krause took the dog to the vet, then brought him home.
“If he can get along with Milo (his other shih-tzu) we might keep him,” Krause said. “If we can find the original owners we’ll give him back. Or if not we’ll find a home.”
Posted by John Woestendiek April 9th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: accident, animals, dog, dogs, engineer, fred krause, hit, news, ohmidog!, pets, railroad, railway, rescue, shih-tzu, stray, struck, survives, tracks, train, twice, utah, video
Casper the commuting cat, who made headlines in the United Kingdom and around the world, has died after being hit by a car.
The cat became a celebrity on Plymouth buses when he used to politely line up with other passengers, before hopping aboard to travel around the city on an 11-mile ride.
“I never dreamt I’d miss an animal as much as I miss him,” his owner, Sue Finden, told the Plymouth Herald. “He was lovely and loved people so much – he was such a different character.”
She said she only found out about his death when a woman knocked on her door to tell her she’d seen Casper get hit by a car. The driver didn’t stop.
Finden discovered Casper’s bus riding habits when he followed her onto a bus and the driver informed her the cat was a frequent rider.
“I thought it was only decent that I let the public know what had happened to him as he made so many friends and would turn up to the bus stop like clockwork.” Finden said after the cat’s death. She posted a notice at Casper’s usual bus stop in Poole Park Road, saying, in part, “Many local people knew Casper, who loved everyone. He also enjoyed the bus journeys… Thank you to all those who befriended him.”
“Casper touched many people’s lives and clearly had a very exciting life – traveling around Plymouth and who knows where else,” said Marc Reddy, Managing Director of the bus line. “I suspect he’s now exploring heaven and is telling all the other cats up there about the many adventures he had.”
Casper was so popular that an image of him was emblazoned onto the side of a bus. “Casper’s image will remain on the bus for some time to come,” Reddy said, “and we hope that seeing it around town will give Susan some comfort.”
Posted by John Woestendiek January 21st, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, bus, car, casper, cat, commuter, commuting, death, dies, hit, killed, pets, plymouth, rider, rides, struck, sue finden, uk, united kingdom
An ugly scene on the side of the road turned uglier in McClellanville, S.C. last week, leaving a dog dead, one man in the hospital and another in jail.
Sheriff’s officials said William T. Youngman, after accidentally striking a dog with his pick-up truck, used a hammer and a machete to try and end the pet’s suffering.
Upon seeing his dog being attacked (but not having seen the accident) James Brian Kennedy took the hammer from Youngman and began beating him.
Youngman, 57, suffered multiple skull fractures, broken ribs and a punctured lung, according to his family.
The Charleston Post & Courier, quoted family members as saying Youngman is an animal lover and was only trying to put the dog out of his misery.
Youngman’s daughter told the newspaper her father lives in a rural area where there is no veterinarian nearby. He did not have a gun to end the dog’s pain, she said.
Youngman, against whom animal cruelty charges may be filed, was listed in fair condition in the intensive care unit at the Medical University Hospital on Friday afternoon. The dog, named Dingo, suffered a spinal chord injury and was euthanized Friday night.
Kennedy paid bail and was released from jail, but faces charges of assault and battery with intent to kill.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 19th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: accident, assault, car, crime, dingo, dog, euthanize, hammer, hit, james brian kennedy, machete, mcclellanville, pick-up, road, south carolina, struck, william t. youngman
When a stray 20-pound Australian cattle dog was struck by a car while crossing Washington Street in South Philadelphia back in March, three police officers rushed her to the Pennsylvania SPCA.
On Sunday, the dog, now known as Miss Mickey, and her foster parent, from the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association, dropped by the Third District Police Station at 11th and Wharton Streets with a $150 donation to the city’s Fallen Officers Fund, presented on the dog’s behalf.
Officers Brian Karpinski, Jason Rush and Melissa Kromchad accepted the gift, with appreciative pats for Miss Mickey, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
“Last time I saw her,” Rush said, “she didn’t look anything like that.”
When Miss Mickey was hit, the officers put her in a patrol wagon and sped to the SPCA, where veterinarians found her pelvis had been crushed.
After a week of treatment there, Miss Mickey, thought to be about 6 years old, was tranferred to Valley Central Veterinary Referral Center in the Lehigh Valley, where metal plates were implanted in her pelvis. The surgeon discounted his bill, from the normal $10,000 to $1,800.
South Street merchant Tony Fisher, who witnessed the accident, started soliciting donations from his customers via email. It was Fisher, who runs Big Green Earth, who came up with the dog’s new name.
Fisher and Marianne Ahern, who volunteered to foster Miss Mickey, also used Facebook to get the word out about her condition. One of Fisher’s customers even sold some of his original artwork on eBay to raise money, and donations came from as far away as Florida and California.
The campaign brought in $4,000. After paying the dog’s medical expenses, the remainder was donated to the Fallen Officers Fund.
Ahern said Miss Mickey is fully recovered from her injuries – and up for adoption. If interested, visit the website of the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 19th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: association, australian cattle dog, big green earth, car, facebook, fallen officers fund, fractured, metal plates, miss mickey, pelvis, pennsylvania spca, philadelphia, police, rescue, south philadelphia, spca, struck, third district, tony fisher, valley central veterinary referral center, vehicle
If you’re one of those hard-hearted types that don’t think dogs bring humans together, consider the case of Sputnik, who bolted while being loaded into his owner’s car Thursday night, was struck by a passing car and then ran off.
More than 50 humans came together in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood to assist in the search.
As you can see, Sputnik, a yellow Lab was found — located Friday in a parking area and reunited with his owner Kat Rafferty.
Sputnik was bruised and sore, but otherwise fine, and his owner — as seen in this photo from Facebook, where much of the search was documented — was clearly happy to have him back.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 10th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, baltimore, car, dog, dogs, facebook, found, hit, lab, labrador, labrador retriever, lost, missing, mount vernon, pets, search, sputnik, struck, yellow
An Alaska man was killed over the weekend when he tried to save his dog from being struck by a train.
Alaska Railroad officials have identified the man as Brett P. Miller, 42, of Anchorage. Both he and his dog were killed when they were struck by a passenger train near Montana Creek north of Wasilla, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Railroad spokesman Tim Thompson said Miller was walking along the tracks Saturday with about a dozen people, all of whom were apparently headed back to a campsite along Montana Creek. The group moved off the tracks when they heard the train coming. But the dog, a Labrador retriever, ran back onto the tracks. Miller was struck when he tried to rescue his pet, Thompson said.
The accident is still under investigation, he said.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alaska, alaska railroad, anchorage, died, dog, dogs, killed, life, owner, pets, relationship, rescue, risk, saving, struck, tracks, train