Dogs hit by cars need quick care, and Colleton County Animal Shelter had a busy weekend to close out September.
Not only was there a tremendous amount of rain that caused flooded roadways and accidents, but there were also three dogs hit by cars, and the drivers did not stop to help. Thankfully, Good Samaritans stepped up to help by calling 911 or the shelter.
Officer Diane Cook of Colleton County Animal Services was called in to pick up one dog on Friday, after a little dog named Charlotte was found by rescuer Jennifer Brewer.
“I was extremely emotionally invested as soon as I saw her. As I was coming home from work, I saw something in the road flopping around. I hoped it wasn’t a dog, but it was. I jumped out to get her but my husband was worried she would bite me. A hunter came by and helped us get her out of the road. She couldn’t get her back end up. She had no collar and was skinny. Neighbors said she had been dropped off in the area a week ago. I don’t know why no one had helped her before this,” said Brewer.
“My husband and I didn’t know what to do. My mom said to call 911, but my husband thought they would put her down. The hunter didn’t know what to do either. I finally called Friends of Colleton County Animal Shelter that told me to call 911 for Animal Control. I called and Officer Paul Marting came,” added Brewer.
“I felt good about helping. If the poor dog needed to be put out of her misery, then I had to do something. I couldn’t stand the thought of her suffering, and I was hoping she could be saved. I was willing to use my own money if I had to. But I was happy to know she would be saved and taken care of by animal services,” Brewer said.
Brewer said that she was even more shocked to discover that the dog that she helped was pregnant because the animal was so skinny. Every car that passed would make her tremble.
On the roadside, she had a seizure because of the shock and stress. She had a broken pelvis, and the injury caused her to go into labor. But because of the pelvis injury, she couldn’t birth the puppies. She had to have medical treatment to deliver them, two of which died.
One survived, but the mother was in no condition to nurse, so the puppy was sent to a rescue organization to be fostered with other puppies being nursed by a surrogate dog mom who graciously included the new baby.
“I was so surprised that these animals could be helped thanks to FoCCAS. They helped guide me to contact Animal Services who worked hard to save this little dog and her puppy,” said Brewer.
“I think that most people who hit a dog in the road would like to stop to help but don’t know what to do,” said Laura Clark, director of Colleton County Animal Services. “Unfortunately, the dogs we treated this past weekend were hit by cars and left to die a slow agonizing death. We are grateful that these kind-hearted people saw the suffering animals and contacted animal services. That is the right thing to do. We are on call 24/7,” said Clark.
There is a county ordinance that states that if an animal is hit by a vehicle, the driver must contact animal services and report it. Failure to do so could result in a $485 ticket. There is no penalty for drivers who contact authorities to report accidentally hitting an animal, but there is a high dollar ticket given to those who are involved in a hit-and-run and leave an injured dog or cat.
“In this day and time, there is no excuse for anyone to not call us and report an injured dog or one dropped off in a neighborhood. Someone is always on call 24/7 and the vehicle driver or neighbor doesn’t even have to take responsibility for the animal. All they need to do is call Animal Services or 911. There are too many resources available, and no reason for people to be so uncaring,” Clark said. “So, stop, if you hit a dog or cat with your car and call us. No one is in trouble for hitting the animal and contacting us, but the moment you hit an animal and don’t call, you have broken the law. I will not hesitate to write a ticket to any driver who doesn’t call.”
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