In Holliston, Massachusetts, a man who truly loves his dog risked arrest and jail for speeding after his Doberman pinscher had been run over by two vehicles on Thursday morning.
According to Fox25 Boston, Peter Rogaishio’s nightmare began when he heard a loud bang outside of this home.
“I heard a big bang and then a few seconds later I heard a howl that just made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” stated Peter. “He (his dog Thor) was lying on the street, so I dragged him off to the side of the street and called 911.”
Even though the Holliston police were trying to coordinate a way to get Thor to the vet, a half-hour later the seriously injured dog was still lying on the side of the road bleeding profusely. And in an attempt to save his beloved dog’s life, Peter picked up Thor and placed the dog in the back seat of his vehicle to rush him to the vet.
Speeding and weaving his way through traffic in a desperate charge to get emergency treatment for his critically injured dog, just moments later Pete’s erratic driving was noticed by a Natick police officer who then initiated a chase for over a mile. When Pete didn’t stop, police set up a roadblock, and when the dog owner finally was forced to stop, guns were already drawn by officers who had no idea why the man was driving that way. Officers were ready to take the man to jail when they saw Thor in the car.
“They finally looked in the truck and saw the dog. They jumped in and took the dog and then took me to jail,” said Rogaishio.
The police took Peter’s truck and rushed Thor to the Emergency room at IVG MetroWest in Natick. The police did recognize that the extenuating circumstances that led him to drive in that fashion, however he did endanger other lives of motorists. At his hearing the following day, Peter was ordered to complete a traffic safety course in the next two months.
Although a very scary situation for Thor, Rogaishio and the police, all worked out well. Pete was released from jail, Thor is expected to recover despite three broken legs and the officers helping are all safe. Thor has been part of the family since he was two months old and means everything to Pete.
A GoFundMe account has been established to help Pete with his dog’s medical expenses.
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