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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.”Â
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