When a Dog Dies

This dog was found dead alongside the road Sunday morning. V.I. law imposes some obligations on drivers who strike an animal, but that law is not enforced.
This dog was found dead alongside the road Sunday morning. V.I. law imposes some obligations on drivers who strike an animal, but that law is not enforced.

At about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Source publisher Shaun Pennington came upon a dog that had been struck and killed by the side of the road. She and her husband removed the dog into the grass in front of St. Thomas Jet Center on the south side of the road that runs parallel to the Cyril E. King Airport runway between Community Motors and the University of the Virgin Islands.

The medium sized dog was wearing a faded blue collar.

Pennington said she hoped this notice would alert the owners to the whereabouts of their deceased pet.

She expressed concern that though there is a law in the U.S.V.I. that requires drivers who kill an animal to try to find the owners or to take the animal to a veterinarian, the law is not enforced.

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“I don’t understand how you can hit a beautiful, loving creature like a dog and leave it there to die alone and un-cared for,” she said.

Pennington opted to leave the dog and put a notice in the Source so the owners would know where to find the dog.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Hello. My family and I would like to thank Shaun Pennington for giving us closure on our lost dog. His name is Tonie and he lived a very long life. I would say he’s about 13 years old and was healthy for his age. It was puzzling to us on how he got out on the main road because he never walked far away from our home. Some of us went to look for him earlier today and it seems that Tonie was picked up already by the garbage men or maybe the cleaners. The family is saddened about Tonie’s passing and we’re happy that someone had a good heart and placed him on the side. Thanks again and God Bless you.

    • i am sorry he wasn’t there when you went to find him. I am so glad he lived a long life.
      we just had to put our dog Buddy to sleep after being our companion for 17 years. God bless you, too.
      Shaun

  2. It is very sad how low our people think when the kill an animal,they should be held accountable for leaving these animals on the street to die,the system needs to be changed in the islands,st thomas is doomed right now and will continue to go astray with no answers in sight,thanks to the Pennington’s for doing this kind favor and taking Tonie of the streets.May his soul rest in peace,had 2 dogs when i lived their and always tried my best to keep them of the streets.

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