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WBZ News 12/22/2011

WBZ News: Several Witnesses, No Phone Calls After Dog Is Injured By Car
Dec 22, 2011

WALTHAM (CBS) – A local dog is getting a second chance at life.

But the dog’s owner and veterinarians are all concerned that several witnesses saw the animal get hit by a car, and even heard it cry out, but no one ever reported it.

“Nobody means to hit an animal,” says the dog’s owner, Lynn Noel. “We forgive you. I would rather know, even if she’s dead on the road, I would rather know. Please call the police.”

The dog’s name is Cecilia, and she dug a hole under her backyard fence to escape. When Lynn and her husband went looking for her, people told them they saw her get hit by a car.

“They may be afraid they’re going to get in trouble if they hit a dog or even saw it, and be held financially responsible. They won’t be. There are Good Samaritan laws for pets just like for people,” explains Dr. Steven Fish, of the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New England, where Cecilia was treated.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

It wasn’t until three days later, a neighbor finally spotted the dog sitting in someone’s yard, and found the owner’s contact information on her collar.

She was almost a mile from the spot where she was hit. She has a broken pelvis, and can’t walk without a sling.

But, veterinarians say she should recover and will be able to walk on her own again in a couple months.

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