By Krys, Lindsay and Al Croxall, Jerseyville
On Saturday, June 28, at about 10:30 p.m., I was taking my daughter’s dog for a little walk on Sunnyridge Road in Jerseyville. I was just in my driveway, and the dog was off leash. Suddenly, someone in a home nearby set off a very loud firecracker. The dog bolted in a panic. My daughter, wife and I searched, called and whistled for several hours around our home, but she was gone. We kept looking the next morning.
The people we spoke to were generous and helpful to a fault. They offered to let us search their properties. They helped us with Facebook and other Internet hookups. We want to thank them sincerely.
As well, at about 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, a neighbour driving on Garner Road near Alberton stopped to help a little brown dog on the highway and shortly after that, two women helped the dog into their car. Seeing she was in some pain and with injured feet, they called the Hamilton Animal Control. They came and took the dog to the Dartnall Road facility where she was well cared for.
Later, a helpful woman called to say she saw our poster and wanted us to know that perhaps our dog was safe and at the SPCA. We went there and were able to take her to a vet for first aid and then home. We are extremely grateful to all.
It is interesting, however, that we had tried to call the SPCA and Hamilton Animal Control several times during the day and always got a message that they were not open. We used the phone number on the SPCA website and followed the instructions that led us to the Animal Control, but when we got there, they were indeed taking calls on some other number and we were, thanks to helpful staff, able to reclaim our pet.
Thanks again to all who helped.