CHICAGO -- Police are hoping surveillance tape that captures a woman and the dog she was walking begin struck by a hit-and-run driver will lead to an arrest.
A 32-year-old volunteer at a no-kill animal shelter was hurt and a blind dog was killed in the crash Monday morning on the city's North Side.
Holly Burd was walking the dog when the car hit her around 7:45 a.m., NBC5's Anna Davlantes reported. The crash happened in an alley in the 1600
block of North Ashland Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood.
The recovering Burd spoke with Davlantes Tuesday afternoon and was doing well physically, but remained emotionally sickened by the event.
Burd volunteers at Furry Friends Foundation. The shelter's founder, Catherine Hedges, said that the victim was walking a blind mixed-breed dog named
Showing Davlantes the sprained ankle, scratches and bruises she received after being struck by the vehicle, Burd said she knows it could have
been much worse for her.
The crash was captured by a surveillance camera in the alley. In the video, a white car appears to drive straight for Burd, who tries to leap out of the way.
"It just kept going, and I jumped off of it, or rolled off of it, I don't know," she told NBC5. "(I) went to try to see how the dog was."
After the crash, Burd quickly got to her feet and tried to help the disoriented and bleeding animal, but it died moments later.
"Just thinking about him," she said, pausing, "I was just scared they were actually going to come back and run over us, because I thought it was,
A self-described animal lover, Burd has a pit-bull mix of her own that she adopted from the shelter.
"She's screaming, 'I just got hit by a car. Oh, my God. I don't know what happened. They were coming right for me,'" witness Dika Doobay recalled.
"If she had not somewhat reacted in the split second before it happened -- you can see her sort of leap -- I think she would have been pinned between the garage and the car," Hedges said. "She feared for her life when this happened."
Davlantes said police believe four women were possibly inside the car. A contruction worker who was in the alley at the time said he saw four women get into the car and that they appeared to be drinking and had alcohol with them.
"It's 7:30 in the morning. Who gets drunk at 7:30 in the morning and just comes barrelling down an alley and swerves into a human being and a dog?" Hedges asked.
Police have located the vehicle involved in the incident, but they are still trying to locate the driver.
The Furry Friends Foundation is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call Chicago police at (312) 745-4521.
NBC5 News Article
Brick's Adoption Page With Donation Link
I made a $10.00 donation. Maybe I'm a huge softy, but I couldn't stop crying after reading the article and reading his adoption page... I can't even imagine what it was like for the poor thing being blind and not understanding what was happening or why.
(x-posted to boston_puglick, pirate_pets, pug_pics, and pugs)