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.