When a good Samaritan in Apple Valley, California, saw a woman driving with a dog tied to the bumper of her car, she confronted the woman.
The good Samaritan, Tammy Jarrard, was driving her 10-year-old daughter to school when she was flagged down by another driver. When she stopped and asked if the woman was ok, the upset woman said that she had just seen a dog being dragged down the adjacent street.
Jarrard drove down the road to see what was happening while the other woman called the police.
“I started driving down the road, and I saw the white Tahoe,” Jarrard told Newsweek. “I slammed on my brakes, hit my truck into reverse and backed up.”
Jarrard rushed to confront the driver.
“I didn’t even consider the dog being alive, to be honest,” she said. “So I didn’t rush over to the dog—I went to the lady first.” She was disgusting. Like the lowest form. She said, ‘I didn’t tie that, somebody must have tied that dog to my bumper.’ We started going back and forth, and she said she had to go to work and to get out of her way. She kept saying, ‘You want a dog? You got a dog. Take the dog,'” Jarrard said.
Jarrard told Newsweek that she quickly snapped a picture of the driver’s license plate, and as the woman in the Tahoe drove away, Jarrard saw the dog move. She dog looked up at her and sat up a bit.
“I thought: Oh my God, she’s alive. I started walking over to her, not sure if she’ll be aggressive or not, and she was the sweetest thing.”
The woman who had flagged her down came back down the road and was on the phone with 911, and Jarrard was able to give them the license plate number. Jarrard and her daughter wrapped the dog in a blanket and took her to a veterinarian, but they refused to see her.
Lost and confused, she took the injured pup to the shelter and immediately helped. They took responsibility for the dog and took her to the vet, where she was treated and remained over the weekend. The San Bernardino County Animal Care said that an investigation is being conducted, and the dog is hospitalized and in stable condition.
“I can’t stop thinking about her,” Jarrard said. “She was [dragged] a long way. I don’t even know how she is alive.”
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