Friday, September 16, 2011

I can't get this out of my mind....

This is a police artist sketch of what I saw a week ago today.
I was driving down Larrabee road in Westbrook, when suddenly a yellow dog ran across the street in front of my car. The yellow dog had a large jar on it's head.

It went off into the wooded area next to a side road not stopping. There were two motorcycles behind me, each with a passenger. In a panic, I pointed to the side of the road and then saw the motorcyclists looking and pointing to the dog as well. I was sooooo hoping these big motorcycle brutes would pull over and try to help the dog, but they didn't. (wimps)

A million things went through my mind. Should I have stopped and tried to help? But I'm not familiar with dogs and the dog might not have taken too kindly to me poking around in it's affairs.
Getting attacked by a dog was not on my list of things to do that Friday afternoon.

But it was creeping me out so much I couldn't stand it. I was practically in tears! I knew I had to do something.

A couple of miles down the road, in Westbrook, I knew where the police station was, so I stopped there, mentally checking the condition of my car to make sure there was nothing illegal about it first.

I talked to the receptionist and in a rather mild panic, told her what I saw. She said, "Oh dear, the animal control person just went home! You just missed him!" (4:15 pm? Really?)

"You'll have to call the dispatcher", she says.

Conveniently there was a phone on the wall right there with a very clear sign over it that said 'DISPATCHER'.

I picked it up and someone said, "Dispatcher".

I told my story again, still in a mild panic, imagining this poor dog running out of air or something. I told him I couldn't possibly go home seeing what I saw and not reporting it. I was almost sick to my stomach.

He took my info and thanked me. He told me they've been looking for this dog all day. I guess others have reported it. He was sending someone out.


Now, I don't know the end of this story.
I've googled 'dog with jar on head in Westbrook' over several days, but found nothing. I don't know if that's good or bad. I'm hoping they helped the poor thing.

But I don't know, and I can't get it out of my mind.

Like a bad dream.


JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I agree - it is hard to get that sort of thing off your mind - and hard to find the dog, as he is probably in a panic also and not staying in one place. I do hope everything came out alright for the dog.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

oh the poor little thing... hope he's okay now.

smiles, bee

Robin Larkspur said...

I would be the same way, I hate seeing animals in any kind of distress. Could you possibly call the police in Westbrook to see if they actually found him? Please keep us posted. Hugs to you for the stress you went through!

Anonymous said...

This dog is taking 'canning' to a whole new level.

joanne said...

poor guy...but you did the right thing. It sounds like everyone is/was looking for him. Hope he is o.k.

Unknown said...

Oh, I would have been upset, too. Terrible.k

Traveling Bells said...

I'm sure that doggie was in more of a panic than you were. Hope he got caught and got relieved of his unwanted face mask. Poor thing...

Balisha said...

I'm a sucker for any animal in distress. What a scary thing for that poor dog.I'm glad you went to the least now they know what area the dog was in. Let us know, if you find out more...Balisha

Sharon Creech said...

Thanks. Now it's in MY head. What happened to that dog? I need to know. It's like reading a book and discovering that last chapter is torn out. ack!

Debbie said...

I am with you...I am worried now too! What they heck? A jar on the dogs weird! I hope someone found the poor thing and helped it get that darned jar off. How strange. I was driving down my country road leading away from my house to work the other day when a young teen age yellow lab was aimlessly darting back and forth from one side of the road to the other...eventually into the woods. I almost stopped but was late for work. I said a little prayer and just knew that someone else would see them. What a story Elenka!

Lili said...

Ohhhh I'm with you Elenka, can't get it out of my head. I did enjoy your police sketch, but could enjoy it so much more if I knew that doggie was okay. ~Lili