Disabled Valley veteran's service dog badly hurt in hit-and-run




Posted on April 18, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 5:05 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A Spokane Valley veteran wants to find the driver who hit her service dog and kept going. Now, Chloe may lose her sight and her leg.

Five-year-old Chloe will be in a cast for two months. Her owner, Angela Jeffrey, is a disabled veteran. She’s afraid she’ll never get back her service dog.

The Llewellin Setter is trained to help deal with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder triggers.

“Chloe alerts her, and stays next to her, and does tactile stimulation to her leg. She leans into her so she can focus on Chloe and be able to get through what she needs to get through,” Margaret McDonough, who connects veterans with service dogs, said.

Chloe was hit in Spokane Valley on Broadway between Vista and Park. She’s trained to stay by Jeffrey’s side, but a driver hit the dog while they helped a neighbor take out the trash. The collision sent Chloe flying into the turn lane.

“The next thing I know, she’s screaming and I’m turning around. My dog’s in the middle lane and this gold car is just running off,” Jeffery said.

Jeffrey didn’t catch the driver’s license plate number, but she did notice it was a light gold Oldsmobile from the 80s or 90s.

The veteran still doesn’t know if Chloe will recover enough to perform as a service dog again, but that won’t stop her from hoping.

“I’m not willing to give up on her because she didn’t give up on me,” Jeffrey said.

One of the owners at the All Creatures vet clinic paid for Chloe’s treatment out of his own pocket because Jeffrey is on a fixed income. Anyone who wants to help can donate to the clinic.