Newsworthy But Underreported

     Animal lovers pay attention to stories that feature animals in important roles. And no, it’s not all about skateboarding dogs or cats playing table tennis; we look for incidents in which animals have been important in people’s lives in unusual ways. We’re especially alert for incidents in which domesticated animals – pets – come to harm at the hands of humans, for that is a violation of the bond that unites us to our furry friends.

     Thus I was surprised to learn about the following incident, which took place three months ago:

     Employees and pets at a Maryland dog retreat narrowly escaped an SUV when the vehicle ran through Sniffers Doggie Retreat earlier this month.
     Video shows a typical day at the Rockville, Maryland facility, with a customer having a discussion at the front desk when a white SUV appears outside the front doors.
     The SUV appears to come to a stop at the curb and then moments later, it bursts through the glass doors and entry way at the dog retreat.
     Then it keeps going.
     The SUV plows into an office space where a trio of employees are shown running out of the room to avoid getting crushed.
     Then video shows the SUV continuing through the building before it comes to rest in the back room where the dog retreat has dozens of crates lined up for canine customers.

     Apparently neither humans nor dogs were harmed, though two dogs were briefly missing.

     Please watch the embedded video. The “authorities” have said repeatedly that “this was an accident.” But there was a driver at the wheel of that car. What kind of “accident” causes an SUV to power thirty feet into and through a building, plowing into doors, walls, furniture, and fixtures in three rooms, and then come to a stop? What was the driver doing? Was he unconscious or malevolent? And what will be his role in making Sniffers whole again?

     Applause to Mike Miles at 90 Miles from Tyranny for alerting me to this.


  1. different vehicle, same issue: When I was turning wrench back in the early 90’s, I was working the late shift and that meant putting the special cases away for the night.   One such case was 78 Corvette that was in for brakes, but also for engine surging.   I wasn’t informed of that last.  As I was pulling the car into a bay, that engine surged to 4000rpm and even with me standing on the brakes, pushed into the building, hitting two tool boxes, and through into the opposing bay,  pushing the vehicle parked there out a closed garage door.  By chance, the other vehicle was a 69 corvette.   Totalled both vehicles and caused quite a bit of damage to the building.   .   Least to say, I was looking for work the next day,,,

    My point is, with todays computer controlled engines, the driver being disconnected from control via mechanical linkages, anything could have happened.   I recall that Toyota’s were having an issue with uncontrolled engine surges not so long ago.

    I am happy to hear the dawgums and peeps were safe, (if scared witless) but I wouldn’t go jumping off saying this was completely intentional until further evidence of such is found.

    1. You were so surprised, it never occurred to you at that moment to either put the transmission into neutral or turn the key off. I didn’t put that as a question, because in the mid 1960s there were a whole lot of GM V8s that did the same thing. The cause was an amalgamated rubber/steel sandwich engine mount. It would separate after 30K miles or so and the engine would rise clockwise trapping the accelerator arm against the inner hood. Few victims reacted properly due to surprise and panic. My Nova SS did it to me, but I had a clutch and that saved me. But my uncle’s Oldsmobile and my father’s Buick didn’t. My sister was driving the Buick.

  2. But, as they have not yet publicly identified the driver of that dog shelter attack, my suspicions are that it was a follower of Mohammed.
    Or some other minority.

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