WHEATFIELD – Although their stories differed, two witnesses reported a dog was intentionally run over while walking last week in Oppenheim Park.
A 19-year-old female told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that a 6:18 p.m. Dec. 23 she saw a person let a dog out of a green Buick and then the driver ran the dog over twice. She said she saw the dog yelp as it was hit the first time and said the driver backed up and hit the dog again. She said when she walked over to the dog, thinking it was dead, she saw the owner of the dog grab it and drive away with it. She provided a plate number, which proved to be incorrect.
However, the owner contacted the sheriff’s department at 7:30 p.m. and gave a different story. He said he had been walking in the park with his English bulldog named Harvey. He said Harvey was off his leash and they became separated. He was calling for his dog and walking back to his vehicle when he saw an older-style green vehicle, possibly a Buick, hit his dog. The owner said the car then left the park.
The owner grabbed his dog and took it to Green Acres Animal Hospital with serious injuries. He told deputies the estimated veterinarian cost was $16,000. The condition of the dog was not released by the sheriff department in its report on the incident.
The incident remains under investigation.