I live on a small farm in SE North Carolina. My driveway is about Â¼ mile long to my house. Behind the house, approximately 1/8 mile is a hay barn.
On Thursday, December 22, 2011, at approximately 5:15PM I walked to the barn to feed my horses and was accompanied by 5 of my small dogs. They like to go to play and eat horse feed the horses drop. They always stay near me in the field and always come to me when called. At about 5:30PM as I was about to put out hay, my other 2 dogs , who are in a fenced backyard, started barking. Thinking they were barking at a possum or something, I didn't pay much attention but a few minutes later I did notice that my 7 month old, 35-40 pound, hound puppy Marlee was not at the barn with me and the other dogs. I called her a few times and she didn't come which was unusual, but I thought she had gone to see what the backyard dogs were barking at and since I was almost done feeding, I didn't go looking for her. About 5:45PM I had finished with the hay and started walking back to the house and, again, called Marlee. She still didn't come and I began to worry about her. I got to the house still calling Marlee, and went to put the other dogs inside and noticed a UPS package, that I was expecting on Friday, on the porch. Now I was very worried. I put the dogs inside, walked around near the house calling for Marlee and she still didn't come. By now it was almost dark, so I go in my car and started slowly down the driveway looking for Marlee. I found her, lying at the side of the drive about 150 to 200 ft. from the paved road, between the road and the house. She was lifting her upper body with her front legs and trying to get to me. I could see she was injured and I got out of the car to get her. Inoticed her back leg wasn't working and thought she might have a broken leg. She was not bleeding but appeared to have been hit by a vehicle. I put her in the car and went to the house to call me vet. When I went inside, leaving Marlee in the car, I looked at the clock as my vet closes at 6PM – I saw that it was 6:05PM and hoped to reach someone at the vet. I did find someone there and rushed Marlee to the vet. When I arrived they took Marlee in for Xrays and brought her to the exam room to wait for my vet to read them. While she was on the table, she leaned her head against me and I then saw that neither her back legs not her tail were moving and she had a large bump in the middle of her back. The vet came in shaking his head. I looked at him and said "Her back is broken, isn't it?" He replied "Yes, in two places." It was so bad we had no choice but to put her to sleep. My vet was incredulous that the driver appeared not to have stopped to let me know or help her.
There is NO doubt that it was the UPS truck that hit my puppy. The package was not on the porch at 5:15PM when I left the house but it was there at about 5:45PM when I went back. Marlee was with me from the time we left the house until about 5:30PM when my other dogs started barking and no one else with or without a vehicle was on my property during that time.
This was Christmas weekend and I didn't have a chance to call UPS until Monday, 12/26/11. After trying several ways, I finally reached a live person who said UPS was closed for the holiday, but he would leave a message and someone would call me Tuesday morning, 12/27/11,. No one called. I waited a day and called them back. The man I spoke with after speaking to a lady (I think an assistant manager) told me the Lumberton, NC manager was not going to be back at work until Tuesday, 1/3/12 and that he would call me by 10 AM. He also said he spoke with the driver and the driver said "I didn't hit no dog, there was a dog running around by the street but I didn't hit it". This is NOT true as the dog was with me until after the driver came and she was NOT running around the street. She obviously must have run down the driveway when the driver was leaving. Well, I kept waiting for a call that never came and on Friday, 1/6/12, I called them again. This was at 4:45PM and they said someone would call me within an hour. I said I was leaving at 5PM and was told they would call me between 7 and 8 PM that night at home. I waited by the phone and again, no call. It is now Monday, 1/9/12 and no one from UPS has ever bothered to call me in spite of all the promises.
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