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Dog dragged by car, good samaritan pays ER vet bill

Margi Jacobsen was volunteering at the Petco in the Frontier Village shopping center Saturday afternoon, Feb. 11, when she heard car horns blaring.

“What I saw was a car driving straight toward Petco, and there were cars honking at him,” she said, and then she saw why: the driver was dragging a small dog, tied to his pickup truck’s antenna.

“He went into (a coffee shop), and I have no idea how long he was in there.” She said he told her that “when he came out, the driver’s side is on the opposite side of the antenna, and he just got in and drove, without realizing” he was dragging the dog.

“He felt horrible,” Jacobsen added.

The first thing the volunteers suggested, naturally, was to take the wounded dog to the Yavapai Humane Society.

But the YHS can’t treat an animal unless they have custody of it, and besides, there was no emergency veterinarian on campus that day.

Elisabeth Haugan at YHS said, “If it was a life-threatening situation …we wouldn’t wait (to call a veterinarian in) — we would take the animal to the (Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital) for treatment.”

That’s where the owner took his dog for treatment. The bill came to over $600. Enter Yuri Howard.

The local businessman had been having lunch at a restaurant in the shopping center when the commotion caught his attention.

“Somebody was screaming about a dog being dragged by a truck, and I jumped up to go stop him,” Howard said. By the time he got there, the truck had stopped, and “I ran over to the door, and the guy was all bloody and freaking out for his dog.”

Howard told him they needed to get to a vet, fast — but the man said he said he couldn’t afford one.

“So I just told him, whatever the charges were, I would take care of,” he said.

He gave his card to the man, and told him to have the veterinarian call him with the bill. Howard said, as an owner of two dogs himself, he wasn’t surprised the charge was $640. But he was pleased that the office later called him back and knocked about $200 off the bill.

Why did he do it?

“That’s just how my family was raised. Prescott’s been pretty giving to my family,” Howard said. “We’ve lived here most of our lives,” and he’s confident that anyone else in his family would have done the same thing.

The dog was lucky: although he was battered and bleeding, he was well enough to be sent home.

“I’m glad it was superficial, nothing internal,” Howard said. “Dumb mistakes happen every day.”

The Daily Courier reached out to the owner on Monday via the Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital, but had not heard from him by our deadline.


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