Last Monday night at around 8,40pm, Julie Allan’s and Jonathan Arch’s beloved Bassett Hound, Lenny, was hit by a car and dragged more than 50 feet before rolling out from under the car’s back bumper.
Lenny then took himself off the road and disappeared into the bush, where he remained missing for nearly 48 hours.
The driver of the unidentified black Nissan Sunny drove away, having only braked for a split second before hitting the dog.
Ms Allan immediately emailed a friend of hers who works at dms, who then forwarded the email to everyone in her address book, and encouraged the recipients to do the same. In the next two days, an unexpected flood of support presented itself to Ms Allan and Mr. Arch.
‘We had over 50 emails and over 30 phone calls,’ said Ms Allan. ‘One woman was in town, and drove all the way back to East End, picked up her Bassett, and drove all the way back into town to help look for Lenny.’
Ms Allan was inspired by everyone’s involvement and kind comments, especially those of Gary Hagland, also an owner of Bassett Hounds.
‘He told me that because they’re muscular and close to the ground the chances of a hound surviving being hit is greater than for other animals,’ explained Ms Allan. ‘That kept me going at a point when you’re just about ready to give up hope.’
Thankfully, Lenny was found at around 5pm last Wednesday, not quite 48 hours after he was first hit.
‘He was hiding in the bushes,’ said Ms Allan.
Lenny’s injuries were surprisingly slight. ‘The vet couldn’t believe it,’ said Ms Allan. ‘There’s just a scratch on his paw and there was a small scratch on his side also.’
Ms Allan and Mr. Arch would both like to thank all of the people who responded to their email, and who came out and helped search themselves.
‘The response was amazing,’ said Ms Arch.