A sad thing happened on the way to the doctors….

So, I know it’s part of life to see death – I saw it for the first time when I was seven and my dogs puppy died. Its cold litle form fit in my palm perfectly, and it chilled me right through.
Well, whilst walking to the doctors on Thursday with my friend Kat and my Mum, we caught a glimpse of death – something that we weren’t expecting on such a beautiful sunny day. We saw a dog get hit by a car.
It was a big bang, the dog whimpered and the lovely owner of the car, being as I said, lovely, decided to not stop and inspect the dog, but to keep on driving.
Now, you may think I’m over reacting, but I’m a total sucker when it comes to animals. I have two cats who I am obsessed with, and seeing this dog get hit was too close to home.
Anyway, the dog ran away, and into the yard of a home a few steps away from us. We followed, me with tears all blurring my vision, but couldn’t find her anywhere. The home owners weren’t home, and it took us a bit to realise that the dog had, somehow, made its way back to it’s original home next door. Probably by digging a hole under the fence.

I whistled, and the dog seemed fine, she jumped up at the fence, and licked my fingers. I couldn’t see any blood, but, I called my friend who is a dog trainer just to make sure that leaving him will be ok. She tells me to call the RSPCA, who will take the dog away and inspect it. There could be internal injuries, and the dog could die in the next few hours.
We do that.
They tell us to ring the council.
We do that.
They tell us that we need to call a different council.
We do that.
They say they can’t do anything about it because they would have to trespass on another persons property to get the dog.
Finally, we decided to leave the dog owner a note, which Mum slips under the door.
Later that night, we get a call from the owner, telling us that they took ‘Roxy’ to the vet, and that nothing is broken and she’s fine.
Phew.
But still – I can’t BELIEVE that the RSPCA or the coucil wouldn’t help the dog! I know that they have laws in place, but it’s just ridiculus that a dogs life can be in jeopardy, and they won’t do anything about it!
You may think that again, I’m over reacting, but what would you want done if it was your pet?

3 Comments so far

  1. Joel (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

    I used to answer after hours calls for a bunch of councils. Most of them want nothing to do with animal problems. Unless the animal is on council property, they won’t do anything. Even then, if the animal is dangerous or potentially dangerous, they’ll refer you to the police. If the animal is injured, they’ll refer you to a vet.


  2. Neil (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    That’s a sad story. Good on ya for checking on the wellbeing of the dog.

    Did you get the licence plate of the driver?


  3. Zara (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 9:16 pm

    No, didn’t get the number – it all happened so quickly – I’d never seen an animal get hit by a car before, so was too stressed out to do something smart like writing down the plate number!
    It was just the decent thing to do to look after the dog – if my cat had been hit, I’d like to think that someone would do the same for him.



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