A family in Bellingham, Washington continues to mourn the tragic loss of their dog after he was hit and killed on Thursday by a UPS driver backing out of the family’s four acre property near Lake Samish. According to King 5 News, the driver left a note on the front door reading, “Sorry I backed over Toby. He’s dead over by where I turn around. I didn’t see him behind me. Sorry.”
The 14-year-old Sharpei and terrier mix was one of the Wakelin family’s two dogs.
“Who does something like that? UPS needs to educate their drivers about how to do the right thing. It’s more about than delivering packages,” CynthiaWakelin stated. “I live on a mountain. I moved there for a reason,” she said. “They roam or go down the back to the lake. Full freedom….most of the time they sit on the porch.”
Cynthia had to search all over to find the body of her dog, but when she did poor Toby, her beloved dog had been hit very badly – with a trail of blood up and down the driveway. According to the Daily Mail, the driver did not call the family even though there was a phone number on the dog’s collar. In addition there was a phone number of the package he was delivering. And perhaps as tragic, the next day Cynthia called UPS’ customer service to complain and a supervisor told her, “At least he had the heart to leave a note and didn’t just leave your dog dead on the driveway.” A second supervisor, however was much more compassionate apologizing profusely for the tragic loss of Toby.
In a statement from UPS, the official word is the driver involved has been discipline and the company ” will make a goodwill payment to the customer,” although no details have been presented as it is protocol that a driver inform the family of such an accident by going to the door and leaving a note if no one is home. The driver, however did not inform his supervisor of the dog’s death until the following day.
The family left the following heartbreaking note on their Instagram account:
“The caption read: ‘PLEASE SHARE! A @ups driver killed my 14 y/o dog, Toby, and left this note on my door! He also put his body where I had to search for him. My phone number was on the package and on my babies collar. You took my baby! You couldn’t even call and tell me or give a sincere apology? You thought you could redeliver my package the next day and apologize? We weren’t worth your time that day? I had to come home WITH MY KIDS and find a note! Do you know how traumatizing that is for a 6 year old boy?! I’m sick. My whole family is sick. This is not acceptable! I live far off the main roads. You failed to pay attention and have no heart! You ripped my family into pieces. I didn’t get to say goodbye to the first dog I have ever owned. He was my family. He was my child’s best friend.’ “
Toby’s death has been especially hard on the young children. Cynthia’s young son looks at Toby’s empty bed and cries.
Rest in peace Toby.
(Photos of Toby and the “sorry” note via the Wakelin family)
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