Pets of the week: crash survivors

Published 8:37 pm Tuesday, December 4, 2012

No. 2514. Meet Tucker, a grey, Korat-mix, male kitten. Tucker is about 8 months old and is intelligent, gentle and a good cuddler. Tucker is waiting for his forever home and is available through Saturday. For information on our dogs of the week, see the article below. (Photo illustrations by Dottie Walker)

All animals that come through the Betsy Bailey Nelson Animal Control Facility have a past, some just have more tragic ones than others.
Such is the case with this week’s Pets of the Week.
On Nov. 29, a head-on collision between a fertilizer truck and a 1993 Ford van occurred on N.C. Highway 99, near Pantego. The driver of the fertilizer truck was injured, and the Williamston woman driving the van later died.
While no other people were involved in the accident, according to Beaufort County Animal Control officers, there were two other survivors of the fatal wreck: a wirehair Terrier mix and a Jack Russell mix.
The canine Pets of the Week today are the survivors of that tragic accident. The two were rescued from the scene by Animal Control officers as their owner, Alison Fields, was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center, said Animal Control Officer Josh Jobe.
Jobe said neither dog was injured in the accident and both had adjusted well to staying in the shelter.
In a statement from Chief Animal Control Officer Todd Taylor, Taylor writes, “These two lovable terriers are survivors of a recent vehicle accident. Sadly, the accident left them without a parent.”
“They’re real sweet dogs,” Jobe said.
In the Pets of the Week write-up, the dogs are further described as being friendly, affectionate and smart. The age of the two dogs, both females, is thought to be between two and four years old.
Officials say the dogs are available through Saturday as a pair or individually.
“We’d love to adopt them out one by one, but if they could go together, that would be great,” Jobe said. “We really hope to place these dogs and find them a good home after what they’ve been through.”
If you are interested in adopting a pet, call the Betsy Bailey Nelson Animal Control Facility, 3931 U.S. Highway 264 East, Washington, 252-946-4517.