Oh my god. I just witnessed a JRT be hit and killed by a car. I was walking my boys up High Street in Canton, a pretty busy street that you can take to get to Sharon or Walpole.
The dog was in an unfenced backyard, off-leash, with a 7 or 9 year old boy playing with him. No adults in sight. The dog spotted my boys on the other side of the street and made a bee-line for them, the boy chasing after him.
I watched it happen in slow motion - there was nothing I could do. An SUV hit him and did not even stop. The dog was instantaneously dead. I suppose that is a blessing; given the dog's size and the speed the car was going he would likely have had to be euthanized anyway.
This is the second unattended dog I have seen hit by a car that was making a bee-line for my boys. The other dog did not appear to sustain any damage. What is wrong with people? Canton isn't rural. Not only is there a leash law, but it is never safe to have your dog unattended and off-leash in an unfenced yard.
Last week our across the street neighbor was getting into his car to go pick up his fiancée at the train station. He was bringing his two dogs, a mix and a PWC with him, they were not on leash. His dogs have played with Bug before. The Pem saw Bug and made a bee-line across the street for him. A car was coming. I screamed a terrible shriek and thankfully the driver stopped. I was so scared.
I feel so terrible about the JRT. I hope the boy is okay. Young boys can be funny about death - in that it doesn't bother them. I hope that is the case. I know I would be crying for days.
You HAVE to be careful.
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