Saanich police on Vancouver Island are seeking a driver who struck and killed two dogs at an intersection as their owner was walking them.
Mark Lafaille was walking his two dogs Clementine and Moses when he stepped at the marked crosswalk with his dogs when a vehicle went through the crosswalk hitting both the dogs.
The collision at Interurban Rd in Saanich occurred last Friday. After the dogs were struck the driver briefly stopped, asked the dog owner if he was okay, and then immediately left the scene.
The dog owner then had to take both his injured dogs home. Once home Clementine, a border collie, died of her injuries. Moses, a Belgium shepherd, was transported to a veterinarian, where she later died of her injuries too.
The driver is described as a white man, 20-25 years old with blonde hair. The driver was operating a newer, blue, two door sedan. It’s quite possible, due to the impact; there is now some damage to the front of the vehicle.
The police said the owner had taken precautions to keep his dogs safe.
“In this particular case the owner was crossing the street at a marked crosswalk, had his dogs leashed, had a light on himself and had even put lights on his dogs,” A/Sgt. Jereme Leslie said. “We’re asking anyone with information to please come forward so we can identify the driver involved”.
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