‘He was ter­ri­fied’

Teenager helps save dog in­volved in a two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion in Stratford Wed­nes­day evening

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER

Emma Moore turned out to be a dog’s best friend early Wed­nes­day evening af­ter she helped to res­cue a fright­ened an­i­mal on the Hillsborough Bridge.

The dog had es­caped from one of two ve­hi­cles in­volved in a col­li­sion shortly be­fore 6 p.m. at the in­ter­sec­tion of the Bun­bury Road and the Trans-Canada High­way.

The tiny brown dachs­hund (a wiener dog), fright­ened and confused, had started run­ning away from the ac­ci­dent and to­wards the bridge head­ing to Char­lot­te­town.

Mean­while, Emma and her mother, Tammy Col­li­cutt of Fort McMur­ray, and Emma’s friend, Aysha Dulisse, 14, of Stratford, were driv­ing to­wards Stratford over the mid­dle sec­tion of the Hillsborough Bridge when they saw a teenage girl chas­ing what ap­peared to be a small dog on the grass area be­fore the bridge ap­proach in Stratford.

Col­li­cutt pulled over once they were safely across the bridge, Emma jumped out and took off up the road to try to help cap­ture the dog on what was now a busy, backed-up high­way.

Emma said she was sim­ply act­ing on in­stinct when she jumped out of a ve­hi­cle into busy traf­fic to try to help.

“I just got out of the car and ran,” said the 13-year-old on her quick ac­tions. “The dog could have got hit.”

The girls both caught up to him on the bridge, but get­ting the tiny dog to safety proved chal­leng­ing.

“He was ter­ri­fied,” said Col­li­cutt of the dog run­ning away from the scene.

The dog was try­ing to bite the other teenage girl, so Emma went back to the ve­hi­cle to get a towel to wrap him up in, as well as a leash — both of which helped them safely get the dog off the bridge.

“He was shak­ing and he was hid­ing his head un­der Emma’s arm,” said Col­li­cutt. “He liked (Emma).”

Emma said she got the idea to wrap the dog in a towel af­ter watch­ing videos on­line by Hope for Paws, a non-profit an­i­mal res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion, of peo­ple res­cu­ing dogs on the streets.

“I’m like, we have blan­kets, we have tow­els and a leash so I ran back over the bridge and got a towel and leash and ran back over the bridge and then the girl was car­ry­ing him and I said, ‘would it be safer to hold him in the towel?’ So we wrapped him in a towel and I car­ried him back down here.”

Emma said she has never done any­thing like this be­fore but would do it again in a heart­beat.

Col­li­cutt said she is very proud of her daugh­ter.

“It is such a good thing to do,” said Col­li­cutt. “Emma is a hero.”

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

Emma Moore’s quick think­ing and quick feet helped her save this dog’s life Wed­nes­day evening af­ter it fled a mo­tor-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion in Stratford. Emma grabbed a towel and a leash and helped to cap­ture the dog on the Hillsborough Bridge in busy and con­gested traf­fic. The dog was taken to a vet­eri­nar­ian to be checked out.

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

This is the scene of a two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion that oc­curred at the in­ter­sec­tion of the Bun­bury Road and the Trans-Canada High­way in Stratford shortly be­fore 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day. There was one per­son in each ve­hi­cle and one dog in­volved in the T-bone style ac­ci­dent. One per­son was taken to hos­pi­tal with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries, and the dog was taken to the vet to be checked out. De­tours were set up to help the flow of traf­fic dur­ing rush hour over the Hillsborough Bridge as emer­gency crews re­sponded and cleaned up the in­ter­sec­tion. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

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