I’ve been keeping this story on the back burner for a bit because – well, it’s just too sad to think about.
A retriever mix in Dallas was apparently hit by a car on an interstate earlier this month. At some point in this dog’s life, he was loved by someone enough to be microchipped. I have no idea how he came to be alone on the highway but considering that he was chipped, it’s plausible that he had a home and an owner looking for him.
Police and animal control officers responded to the scene. The dog’s rear legs were shattered and he was bleeding internally. I did not go to medical school but it would be obvious to me that this dog would be unable to walk and suffering from great pain.
One of the ACOs, Charles Jackson, muzzled the dog and then tried to force him to walk to the AC vehicle. The dog was unable to walk and cried in pain. Mr. Jackson then picked the dog up by the rear fur. When the dog again cried, Mr. Jackson dropped the dog. Finally Mr. Jackson put the noose of a catch pole around the dog’s neck and began to drag the suffering pet to the AC vehicle. A police officer, Senior Cpl. Joshua Merkel, intervened and helped to get the dog loaded up humanely.
After arriving at the city facility, the dog was euthanized. Thankfully, the police officer who intervened on behalf of the dog spoke up about what he had witnessed. Mr. Jackson has been taken off patrol duties – although I don’t know what tasks he has been assigned in their place (hopefully nothing where he has contact with animals!) – and he may face disciplinary action.
Thank you Cpl. Merkel – not only for intervening on the dog’s behalf – but for speaking up about what you saw. You did the right thing. Dallas could use more people like you.