Dog risks own life by staying next to dead friend

If your friend were killed by a car on a busy street, would you risk your life by staying close to his/her body, as cars whisk by?

That’s what a black Labrador retriever did on a busy street in Los Angeles.

Brave: Animal care officials removed the injured animal and took the black lab to Baldwin Park Animal Care Center where it will be made available for adoption

As recounted by the Daily Mail, April 15, 2012, a black female Lab braved traffic to stay next to a motionless yellow Labrador with blood on its head, on Hacienda Blvd. in Los Angeles, as vehicles pass dangerously close to the dogs. The yellow Lab had been fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Finally, a good Samaritan motorist intervened, put down traffic cones to alert other drivers, called animal control, and took this video:

Animal control officials eventually arrived and took the frightened but unharmed black Lab to the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center. The animal shelter’s director Marcia Mayeda said, “When I saw the video clip taken from a passerby’s cellphone, it made me emotional.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) said in a statement: The black Lab was “laying in the street next to another dog, which was motionless and had suffered obvious head trauma,” according the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Animal shelter staff and volunteers named the loyal black Lab “Grace.”
Grace is two years old, appears to have been well cared for but does not have a tag or microchip implant. But nobody has came forward to claim her, so she is up for adoption.
Loyal: Grace was laying in the street next to another dog, which was motionless and had suffered obvious head trauma

Sherman Oaks Patch reports that the unnamed good Samaritan who came to Grace’s help has offered to adopt her. But as of April 16, 2012, he still had not come for her.

Happily, Grace’s loyalty garnered so much publicity and international attention that, even if the good Samaritan doesn’t show up, there are five other people who have indicated they want to adopt Grace.

CBS Los Angeles reports that the owners of Grace, whose real name is Maggie, have come forth to claim her and provided documentation that showed Maggie is their pet.  They deny knowing about the yellow Lab.  They will take possession of Maggie, probably on April 17, after authorities inspect their property. The owners, whose names were not being released publicly, will be issued citations for having an unregistered dog, and for allowing the animal to run loose.

I hope Maggie’s owners take better care of her. And just between you and me, I don’t believe their story that they don’t know the yellow Labrador.



4 responses to “Dog risks own life by staying next to dead friend

  1. This one got me teary. We’ve had black, yellow and chocolate labs for years. They’re the kindest most gentle dogs you can imagine. Unfortunately, they have very short lifespans.


  2. I believe these ‘owners’, who didn’t show up for five days (if my dog went missing, I’d be at every shelter within a 10-mile radius in hours) DON’T deserve this wonderful dog back. The lack of a tag, the slow response to her being gone, the fact that she is not registered, all demonstrate disregard, laziness, and an uncaring attitude at best.

    Dogs are incredibly loving, loyal, dignified sentient creatures that demonstrate the majestic creative power of God. They deserve our loyal care and protection. The owners have demonstrated their lack of care and protection for this dog, and do not deserve to be her guardians (if they had been in the first place, this never would have happened. I’ve had many dogs, some talented diggers and climbers, and none has ever escaped. All were tagged and registered.). The thought of her going back to these people makes me ill. They seem like the type who won’t spring for needed vet visits if she is sick or injured, but, by golly, will make sure everyone in their family has a loaded iphone and the top tier cable TV package blaring in every room. The dog probably spends all day alone in the yard, neglected. I know I’m making a lot of assumptions here, but having rescued and placed many dogs over the years, I’ve come to know certain human behaviors – or lack of behaviors – that tie almost inevitably to neglect, abuse and cruelty. A casual attitude and slow response to a missing animal (particularly in an area with busy traffic) is one of those telltale behaviors.

    It seems likely, from Grace’s (Maggie’s) loyalty to her companion dog, that the two dogs had been friends awhile. Ergo, the yellow lab was likely theirs, too. If that was the case, then another strike against them for being disgustingly neglectful in refusing to claim her body and take grown-up responsibility (including any fines) for what happened to her.

    Heinous situation. The unconditional love and forgiveness of dogs is more Godlike than anything I’ve ever encountered in people, and I know some very nice people. These magnificent, soulish creatures deserve our love and care in return for the way they love with their whole being, not the neglect that is so often the reality.


  3. Oops – I meant that they DON’T deserve her back! Didn’t edit, I was so upset.


    • Donna,

      I added the word “don’t” to your original comment. Thanks for articulating my exact thoughts about Grace’s owners. I, too, believe the yellow lab had also belonged to these irresponsible “owners.” They don’t deserve Grace.


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