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Dog Braves Staten Island Traffic To Guard Dead Companion

This comes from silive.com

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They didn’t have names, they no longer had a home, and this afternoon they no longer had each other.

Two brown-coated boxer dogs, alone on an isolated stretch of Richmond Terrace in Mariners Harbor, likely strayed into traffic. One animal was struck and killed; the other, loyal to its companion, defied vehicles to protect the body

“They were definitely connected,” speculated an onlooker. The dead dog was female and its protector male.

A subsequent examination of the dead dog revealed that she was about a year old and had borne puppies.

The sad spectacle struck a chord with people who happened on the scene, in front of the Mariners Marsh Park Preserve. Some provided food and water, others imparted gentle touches and kind words to the sentinel dog, and still others sought to divert traffic.

“I was playing cop,” said Michael Olivo, 50, of West Brighton.

He and his wife, Jeannie, 44, and their daughter Angela were returning from a shopping expedition to New Jersey about 2:45 p.m. when they spied the dogs. Cars already were starting to back up in both directions as they negotiated the site.

Angela, 16, noted that the male was extremely protective of the body. “He wasn’t aggressive, but he let out a low growl if you got too close,” she said.

Mrs. Olivo said that while her husband directed traffic, she used her cell phone to call city agencies, including Animal Care and Control. She complained that the workers to whom she spoke were rude and unresponsive to the boxers’ plight.

Finally, Fire Department personnel arrived and moved the dog’s body to the side of the road.

At about 5 p.m., Sgt. Raul Morales of the Port Authority Police responded. He called for backup, and P.O. Kwok Chung and another officer responded. After they chased the male boxer for a few minutes with a snare, the dog ran over to the Olivos and others. A man identified only as Michael calmed the animal and it submitted to having a red leash put on it.

“He knows the deal. rather go with these people,” said Morales.

The police removed the male to Animal Care and Control in Charleston.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Olivo had summoned her sister, Elizabeth Aguilar of Mariners Harbor. She called her friend Pegeen Nelson of Strictly Strays, who scooped up the female’s body for transport to the Charleston site.

Dead animals are the responsibility of the city Department of Sanitation.

A call to Animal Care and Control last night was not returned.

Mrs. Olivo had praise for the Port Authority Police: “They were the only agency that would help us. They were courteous, polite, and they cared about the well-being not only of us, but of the dogs.” 
The site where the dogs came to grief is hard by the Goethals Bridge and near the New York Container Terminal at Howland Hook.

— Contributed by Kiawana Rich

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gift dog
11 years ago

I hope Dog Files will keep us updated on this brave dog's future. I know the credit crunch has made it tougher for people to look after their animals but I'd like to think someone will give this dog a good home – further updates/more publicity can only help secure a good future for him…

Basset Hound Lover
9 years ago
Reply to  gift dog

Yes, gift dog, I do too.

CCamera
11 years ago

Updates on this amazing boxer can be found on silive.com…just search “bravest dog,” boxer dog,” or something similar and you should find updated articles in the search results…Last I heard, a man tried to claim the dog but had no proof of ownership

sharon patterson
sharon patterson
11 years ago

I'd love to put this picture on face book.to stick up for the boxer that was ran down by a man that said he ran the dog over and he said he also told the owner of the dogs that if he saw them loose that was what he was going to do.Th other bower was approx 15 feet away sitting from the dead boxer. The OPP said no charges are going to be laid against the man that ran the boxer over as it is his word against mine?

sharon patterson
sharon patterson
11 years ago

I'd love to put this picture on face book.to stick up for the boxer that was ran down by a man that said he ran the dog over and he said he also told the owner of the dogs that if he saw them loose that was what he was going to do.Th other bower was approx 15 feet away sitting from the dead boxer. The OPP said no charges are going to be laid against the man that ran the boxer over as it is his word against mine?

Basset Hound Lover
9 years ago

I hope that this dog, the one protecting it, doesn’t get hit by a car.

Marina K.
Marina K.
9 years ago

Wonder how fast ACC is going to kill this poor dog.

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