Commentary: Look out for pets on the road

Lindsay Carey

Lindsay Carey

I clenched my jaw as I ran as fast as I could down the street with tears falling from my twelve year old eyes.

“He’s my first puppy, I can’t lose him,” I cried to my sister. I was trying to keep up with her.

“Oh stop being dramatic,” she snapped back. “Let’s just try to catch him.”

Somehow the leash failed, and our small bichon frise was running loose in our neighborhood. He’s about a year old and hasn’t been neutered, so he wanted to run and went for it.

Needless to say we were panicked; he could be injured by another animal or hit by a car. Fortunately, he didn’t get too far and after some time of screaming “Nemo” he came.

Nemo was my childhood dog, even though he’s no longer living, he still means a lot to me.

Now that it’s officially spring, I just want to remind people keep their eyes out on the roads especially when you’re in your neighborhoods, because pets are on the roads and so are more pedestrians.

A week or two ago, I was using Facebook (Like my page: Lindsay Carey) and reading a post on the popular Southington Facebook group Southington Talks.

A woman said that she received a call from a veterinarian hospital in Cheshire, who said that someone stopped and picked up her dog Frank after a hit and run, but he did not survive.

The woman said she couldn’t imagine how the driver did not stop to check on him and expressed her feelings of grief over the loss.

I looked up some statistics and quite frankly millions of cats and dogs are killed on the U.S. roads every year. I’m not saying that we can completely stop that from happening, but we can try to drive responsibly and perhaps reduce that number.

Even if you’re not an animal person, please try to sympathize. A pet is a family member and best friend to many people, young and old.

As a dog owner I have lost a dog, so I kind of understand how it feels, but I didn’t lose my dog this way. I can’t imagine how she must feel, but I can say this. If we all try to remember to drive safely in our neighborhoods and keep an eye out on the roads, some of these animals could be saved and maybe even rescued.

It was refreshing to see some community support for the woman who lost her dog on Southington Talks. I saw a thread of pictures from over 200 people of their pets in honor of Frank. Keep up the positivity and drive safe.

Lindsay Carey is a staff writer at The Observer.

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