Dog risks own life by staying next to dead friend

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:00:23 +0000


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.


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