Early one Monday morning about 7:45am, I made a call to my husband, who had already left to work, only to hear his incredibly concerned voice say, “I’m on the side of the road with your friend Missy, a dog has been hit by a car!” At the same time, I could hear a dog howling in pain and sadness in the background. He explained the dog had been hurt, and it could not get up.
I arrived shortly after to witness one dog lying in the street and another dog in a yard howling back as if he knew his friend was hurt. Missy had already called animal control. One by-stander confirmed where the dog lived, and the other dog was indeed his friend dog.
Earlier, Missy was driving to work on Duncan Road and saw a dog lift its head while lying in the street, and she realized it had been hit by a car and left there to die. She said, “I could not just leave the poor dog there.” Due to her fast response, she safely maneuvered her car to protect the dog from being hit again by passing vehicles and quickly called animal control and stayed there with the sweet creature.
Two gentlemen stopped and stayed with Missy and comforted the injured animal, a beautiful petite little Chow-Chow mix, which had been cut along its face, lying partway up the road embankment wondering why he cannot get up without pain.
Samantha, our fabulous local Animal Control Worker, arrived and took over, assessing the situation and tending to the dog. The by-standers felt better with a professional on the scene. Samantha transported the dog to the local animal hospital. The next day the chow was recovering well, back at home in his yard with his happy dog friend.
Amazing things happen when folks care and take the time to help each other and our furry creatures. Unfortunately, dogs sometimes dig out of their yards. With the speed limit being 45 on Duncan, tragedies can happen fast. Thank you to everyone that helped that morning, making Phelan a kind place to live.