A late night drive last Sat- urday night turned sour fast, leaving me disappointed with the Beaver Township and Goshen Township police departments. At Washingtonville Road and Route 165 in the Canfield/Greenford area a very old, malnourished dog was roaming the street alone. Being an animal lover and avid volunteer of local rescues, I was unable to turn a blind eye and continue driving.
I got out to a very nice, calm older dog and got him off the road. Unsure what to do next, I called the Beaver Township police station and after what seemed like endless transfers of calls, I was told “There is nothing we can do unless the dog is injured or bit someone.”
Was I supposed to allow this dog to continue roaming the streets posing a danger for not only himself but other animals and even drivers? As I was attempting to load the older canine into my car to take home until I could figure out what to do, a car going well over the speed limit hit the dog directly, stopped for a moment then continued down the road. Stunned by what I had just witnessed, I then contacted the police department, this time to actually get a car to respond to the incident. Then I sat with the fatally injured dog in hopes that in his last few breaths he would understand that there are people in the world who are compassionate and loving and he would not die alone.
When Goshen Township finally arrived, the young officer said now that the animal was dead, “There is nothing I can do, but push him off the road so he is not obstructing traffic.”
I am bitter that in an age of modern technology and progression we still treat our animals as if they are barbarians and leave their dead bodies along side the road to decompose or die a painful death.
I am a realist and understand that our fine legal system is tied up with other things and that there may be “bigger fish to fry than animal rights laws,” but I feel something more could have been done to prevent this poor dog’s life being cut short by an oblivious driver. Why must we wait until the dog is injured to have someone respond? Do we as humans not value another living being’s life, thus turning a blind eye to those in need — animals or humans alike?
Jaime A. Hughes, North Lima