Jamie-Lee Hersey, of Wakefield, was driving along Revere Beach Parkway at approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday night when she came across a severely injured dog in the middle of the road alongside Simoniz Car Wash. Instinctively, she immediately pulled over to help the dog, and was joined by another good Samaritan, Chris Desrochers, of Revere, who stopped to assist.
Together, Hersey and Desrochers barricaded the small dog between barrels at the car wash in order to shield it from further injury as they contacted the Everett Police Department.
Within minutes, Everett Animal Control Officer Stacia Gorgone was on scene to assist, despite being off duty at the time. Gorgone described the scene as gruesome.
“The bottom half of his body was mutilated” she said about the small dog, and she suspected that he would need a leg amputation if he managed to survive.
A video reveals the dog was idle in the middle of the road, but the injuries are more consistent with a fall as opposed to being struck by a vehicle. After the story circulated on social media, Animal Control received an anonymous tip that someone had witnessed what they believed was a sweatshirt, thrown from a vehicle window at the same location within the same time range. The Everett Police Department are currently investigating whether these injuries were a case of abuse or an unintentional accident. Nobody has come forward to claim the dog as their own.
“It’s not clear if it’s intentional or an accident,” Gorgone explained, concerned after hearing the witness account.
While vets originally tried to save the dog’s leg, Gorgone shared the dog has since had his leg amputated, but is under great care.
“He is doing amazing,” she shared. “He got his leg amputated as to not prolong suffering.”
The dog is currently under care with the DogMother LLC, a local holding facility for animals. Due to high medical bills, a GoFundMe has been set up to alleviate expenses. Already, over $9,000 has been accumulated, but volunteers are working relentlessly to raise more funding.
Since the incident, Hersey and Desrochers have already been in the process of adopting rescue dogs of their own. Gorgone, who is an advocate for animal rescue, explained this is the silver lining to the injured pup’s story: “Not only did they save this dog, but they were inspired to rescue other dogs, too.”
Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/HelpJamiePup and anyone with further information about the indecent is encouraged to contact the Everett Police Department at 617-387-1212.