Family seeks support to save pet hurt in suspected hit and run

The Covington family’s cocker spaniel was found severely injured on the road in south Castlegar.

A Castlegar family is looking for help after their their dog was seriously injured in a suspected hit-and-run incident.

The family was spending the evening indoors at their home in Kinnaird last Saturday when they thought they heard a dog crying.

Aaron Covington said his eight-year-old daughter rushed out the door to discover that it was their cocker spaniel Charlie making the noise.

“He was essentially just dragging himself off the road by his front paws,” said Covington, who believes the dog was hit by a car.

A visit to the local vet determined that Charlie was going to need treatment from a specialist.

Charlie was sedated and the family then traveled to Calgary to see the specialist.

The dog was diagnosed with multiple pelvic fractures, bruised lungs and possible nerve damage.

“They are worried that he might need lung surgery in order to be strong enough to do the leg surgery,” said Covington on Tuesday.

Friends of the family have started the Charlie’s Surgery GoFundMe campaign to assist with the vet bills.

“We are trying desperately to do everything we can for him,” said Covington. “But the bills are going to keep adding up.”

Covington said “it sure would have been nice if the driver had stopped to let us know what happened.”

Had the family been able to identify the driver, they also would have been able to make an ICBC claim about the incident.

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