Death of beloved pet leaves family reeling
By Kathy Yanchus
Alan Greenwood understands that accidents happen, however, what he has trouble wrapping his head around is the heartlessness that followed the one that killed his dog.
Several hours after his wife, Lisa, informed him their three-year-old chocolate Labrador Drake had gotten loose from the yard Monday, Greenwood found the family pet dead in the middle of Centre Road near Carlisle Arena, a mere half a kilometer from the family’s home.
“I drive that road and when it’s dark it’s hard to see sometimes,” said Greenwood. “Drake is big, but he’s dark. The person may not have seen him that clearly, or didn’t see him until it was too late but why didn’t they stop?”
The driver couldn’t have known if Drake was dead or seriously injured, claimed Greenwood, and should they have stopped; they would have found his name and the family’s phone number on his collar.
“If you were afraid of being found out, call block your number and say, ‘I’m really sorry, this is what happened.’”
The family will never know for certain if Drake died immediately, but wonders if their pet had been injured and brought to a veterinarian immediately, maybe he could have been saved.
“This was not a squirrel you may or may not have run over, this is a 100-pound dog. I’m sure there’s some damage to their vehicle,” noted the Carlisle resident.
The tragic and sudden loss of their beloved family pet has left the Greenwoods reeling.
The Greenwoods’ children, Molly, 7, and Owen, 6, are crushed at Drake’s passing.
While they have owned other dogs in the past, Drake was particularly special as, several years ago, the family had to give up their golden retriever after Lisa suffered devastating injuries when she was involved in a collision with a dump truck while cycling.
“You might say, ‘Okay a dog got hit by a car, what’s the big deal?’” But it’s the way it happened and the family’s devastation in the accident’s wake that is a hard to come to grips with, said Greenwood.
“You would hope that nobody leaves an injured animal to die on the road or anywhere else when a simple phone call might make all the difference in the world,” said Cal Burnett, Hamilton’s animal control supervisor. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a dog or a raccoon, an injured animal is an injured animal and if it’s suffering in the middle of the road…why would we want animals to suffer when we could clearly pick up the phone and call it in.”
Anyone who sees an animal at the side of the road, injured or dead, can report it to the city’s animal services department by calling 905-574-3433. Motorists, too, can call that same number, especially if they are uncomfortable checking on the animal’s condition.