Dog disappeared after professor was killed

Beloved dog disappeared after her owner, retired professor, was killed

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A dog accompanied a retired college professor on a run in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday and she disappeared after the 74-year-old man was hit and killed by a car. According to Richmond.com, the missing dog, a Labrador retriever named “Rose,” was found on Sunday.

Rose belonged to retired VCU professor Richard K. Priebe, who died after being struck early Friday. The man’s frightened dog ran from the scene. Priebe’s son, Adam, believes that the pair were headed to the park to play ball.

Rose was finally captured after David Battiston spotted her running near Broad Street, with a leash still attached. Battiston told Richmond.com, “I saw this dog run across West Broad Street by the Lowe’s and saw this leash and thought, ‘Oh, she got away from the owner,'” he added, “A dog running with a leash is just scared or probably escaped from somewhere.”

Rose was captured and thanks to social media, Battiston learned who she belonged to. Rose suffered some bruises and other injuries and was taken to an area veterinarian for care and observation – when she is healthy enough, she will likely join Priebe’s son’s family in Atlanta, Georgia.

(Image screenshot via WTVR)

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8 replies
  1. pamela bolton says:

    Glad she was found and caught before she really got hurt. Thank you, son and family, for taking her home with you. Now you can grieve together.

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  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Poor Rose, why wouldn’t she be scared, she lost her best friend and Dad. I’m so glad they found her and she will be living with the Professor’s son. Such a sad, sad story!

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  3. Cynthia Como says:

    How AWFUL!! So happy the dog was found but how very tragic for the dogs owner!! I wonder if the person who hit this man stayed at the accident! Prayers to the family

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  4. pennysdachshund says:

    This Professor RAISED and CARING AND LOVING SON : This is Apparent as he STOOD UP and HOPEFULLY WILL PROVIDE ROSE with a HOME IN HONOR OF HIS FATHER!!! BLESS THAT FAMILY!!!

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  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    How sad – My condolences to Prof. Priebe’s family – So glad Rose was found and is safe with the Professor’s family. Thanks to the kindness of David Battison who caught her – it is nice to know there are some kind caring people in this world.

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  6. Sheri says:

    Thank you for adopting your deceased father’s furbaby????
    Sending prayers for you & your family for your tragic loss????

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