Losing a pet is always a tragic occurrence and it can be even worse if the beloved animal is an affectionate and loyal part of the family.
Whether it’s from old age, illness or even an accident, losing a dog is considered to be particularly heartbreaking considering the affection, loyalty, and love often shown by these pets. One woman from Washington, Cynthia Wakelin, is torn between anger and grief after she learned that one of her dogs has been accidentally run over by a heartless UPS driver. Ms. Wakelin owns a large 4-acre property close to the backwater town of Bellingham and lives there with her two sons and two dogs, describing the idyllic home to the Daily Mail, saying: “I live on a mountain. I moved there for a reason. They [the dogs] roam or go down the back to the lake. Full freedom ... most of the time they sit on the porch.”
Ms. Wakelin’s family suffered a massive shock and loss when the mother and her 6-year-old son returned home to find a note from their regular UPS driver on their porch. Ms. Wakelin had already been worried by the fact that one of her dogs, a 14-year-old mixed breed dog named Toby, had not come to greet her and when she started reading the note, Ms. Wakelin’s heart stopped. The dispassionate note read: “Sorry. I backed over Tobey. He’s dead over by where I turn around. I didn’t see him behind me. Sorry.”
Ms. Wakelin was forced to send her distressed children inside the house while she searched for Tobey. The heartbroken mother eventually found the fatally wounded dog who had been hidden by the UPS driver, presumably to allow Ms. Wakelin to find the note first. Ms. Wakelin was outraged that she had found out about the horrifying incident via a note considering that UPS had her contact details. Consequently, Ms. Wakelin took to Instagram to pay a lengthy tribute to Tobey and demand UPS change its policy in relation to pets killed by drivers, writing: “You took my baby! You couldn't even call and tell me or give a sincere apology?”
Since the incident, another representative of UPS has contacted Ms. Wakelin, offering compensation and the original driver has apologized to Ms., Wakelin in person. It is believed that Ms. Wakelin and her children are still mourning the loss of such an important part of their family and the outraged mother has allegedly hired an animal rights lawyer to assess her legal options.
That's hard to come home to...
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