This sweet little fella had a really bad day last Friday, when he was hit by a white Chevrolet pick-up with an Arkansas license plate, right in front of the Salem Dairy Queen on Hwy 412/62, around 1 p.m.
The older male driver came back after hitting the dog, parked across the street, looked at the injured animal and then drove off, towards the Glencoe/Ash Flat area.
Meanwhile, I was in the drive-thru lane, waiting on my lunch order and saw the whole thing happen. I was glad to see that Sondra from the LHC Home Care office and a gentleman in the car behind me, were also concerned about the poor pup.
Sondra assisted me in getting the injured dog into my vehicle and, with many gentle pats and reassuring words, we were off to the North Arkansas Veterinary Clinic to see Dr. Robert Mills, DVM.
Dr. Mills and his employees were terrific. They immediately came out and helped me get this little guy into the clinic, and wasted no time in tending to his injuries.
A quick X-ray showed a fracture of the pelvis, but, at his young age of about six to eight months, Dr. Mills feels he should heal up just fine, with maybe only a slight limp.
For the time being, he'll be a guest at my house, where he gets to join our two dogs and five cats, until his owners come forward to claim him and his veterinary bill of $165.
This whole incident brings up two important points:
1.) Owners need to a.) collar and I.D. their animals, so if this happens, they can be notified and, b.) need to keep their dogs in a fenced yard and not running loose within city limits, where they can get hurt; and
2.) If you hit an animal with your vehicle, it is simple, common decency to assist that animal in any way that you can. It is not the animal's fault it was running loose - that falls on the owner's shoulders.
I hold out hope (but not my breath) that a trip to church on Sunday has convinced the owner of that white pick-up truck to own up to his actions and at least cover the costs of the veterinary bill.