WILKES-BARRE — Members of the Southern Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch and the Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties Lost DOG Project USA are raising funds for a dog that was found hit on Coal Street Wednesday.
Members of the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department were making way down Coal Street on Wednesday after responding to a call. They found a dog that had been struck by a vehicle lying in the roadway.
Liza Prokop, communicate relations coordinator for the city, said fire officials contacted animal enforcement officials, but they were not available. Fire officials then took the dog to Plains Animal Hospital.
Prokop said the driver did not remain at the scene, and no charges have been filed.
Calls made to the Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties Lost DOG Project USA were not returned.
On the organization’s Facebook page, founder Ellen McCormick states that the dog’s owner cannot afford $5,000 for the dog’s severely broken leg. The Times Leader was not able to verify the identity of the dog’s owner.
“She (the dog) is loved by a wonderful woman who cannot afford the costs of surgery and the surgery is urgent for her broken leg,” McCormick wrote.
Constance Ring, coordinator for the Southern Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch, said members of her organization are also pitching in.
The Plains Animal Hospital declined to comment on the situation, and referred the Times Leader to the Luzerne County SPCA. Calls to the SPCA’s office were not returned.