Dog run over on Sherman Road leads to emotional scene, search for answers

Even a week later, Linda Nottingham’s voice trembles with emotion as she recounts her hour-long ordeal on the side of Sherman Road.

A golden lab, hit by a car on the busy street on Nov. 2, lay injured in the road as Nottingham frantically tried to find someone who could help.

“I phoned the RCMP because I was worried there would be an accident and in the meantime, all these ladies — I think there were four different people — were on their cellphones trying to call every vet they knew.”

But the only answers were machines.

“Here we are in the middle of Sherman Road, it’s quarter to eight at night and pitch black, and we’re trying to look through the phone book to find a number,” Nottingham recalled.

She and others wrapped the lab in blankets and tried to soothe her, but there was little they could do.

“The reason I was so upset was the fact it took so long — it took over an hour and 15 minutes — and I’m watching her. The only thing moving was her little heart, and I’m watching her bleed out on the street, and there was nothing we could do,” Nottingham said.

“What do we do for our animals, when the vets’ doors are closed?”

Eventually, one of the women attempting to track down a veterinarian got through to Central Animal Hospital and the dog was transported to the nearby clinic.

The canine — who is now recovering — is being cared for at the Victoria SPCA, but no owner has come forward.

Nottingham, meanwhile, wants to make sure no one else has to endure a similarly traumatic experience of helplessness.

“God forbid, if my (bull mastiff) Cody gets hit, what do I do?” she asked. “What are we supposed to do when the SPCA and the vets are closed?”

Cowichan & District SPCA manager Sandi Trent explained the concerned citizens did the right thing by calling the SPCA, the problem was a rare comedy of errors that saw the RCMP page go out with a specific address.

Trent assured the situation was very rare.

She advised anyone in a similar situation to call the shelter; the answering machine provides an after-hours emergency number that connects to a human dispatcher who can contact a local staffer to assist.

The shelter number is 250-746-4646 and the emergency dispatch number is 888-432-2722.

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