Driver flees after crash with guide dog in Clackamas
A hit-and-run driver severely injured a guide dog — and narrowly missed striking a visually impaired woman — near the Clackamas Town Center, police say.
Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies responded to Southeast Monterey Avenue around 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 29, following reports of a collision.
Authorities say Tiffany Taylor and her guide dog, a 4-year-old Golden Labrador named Sapphire, were inside a crosswalk when the collision occurred.
Taylor was not hurt, but Sapphire sustained "severe head trauma" and a leg injury, police say.
The owner and pet were transported to an animal hospital. Sapphire remains sedated at this time as veterinarians work to save her leg from amputation.
Taylor is visually impaired and received Sapphire from Guide Dogs for the Blind about a year ago. She depends on Sapphire for her mobility.
In a prepared statement, Guide Dogs for the Blind said that Sapphire was showing "some improvement" in her health. The nonprofit organization said it would cover all medical expenses for Sapphire.
"We remain focused on her recovery, and continue to support our client, Tiffany, during this difficult time," the organization said.
Police are seeking tips to identify the currently unknown driver involved in this incident. Tips can be called in at 503-723-4949 or by clicking here and referencing CCSO Case #19-002406.
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