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Dogs doing well after runover try

June 22, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

WILLIAMSPORT - Two puppies that were almost intentionally run over by an unidentified man in a pickup truck Saturday at the Cushwa Basin are doing well and one has already found a good home, said George DeLancey, a park ranger.

A visitor at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park witnessed a man drive into the parking lot of the canal's Cushwa Basin at about 2:50 p.m. and take two golden retriever mix puppies, believed to be between 8 and 10 weeks old, out of the truck's cab.

The man placed the puppies beneath the truck in the path of the tires, got back in the truck, and tried to drive over them, the visitor told DeLancey.

The visitor started yelling at the man who drove away, leaving the dogs behind, DeLancey said.

One dog was taken to Boonsboro Veterinary Hospital where it was treated for a sprained leg, DeLancey said.

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One of the park rangers took the other puppy to his home Saturday night and returned it to the park on Sunday, DeLancey said.

A young couple soon to be married who stopped at the visitor's center Sunday asked to adopt the puppy when they saw it and heard the story, he said.

After a park ranger interviewed them and determined they would care for the dog, it was sent home with them, DeLancey said.

Park rangers are investigating the case of alleged animal cruelty. The person in the truck is described as a white male with dark hair, about 40 years old, with a thin-to-medium build and wearing a white T-shirt.

He was driving a black, mid-sized pickup truck, DeLancey said.

Anyone with information may call a special tip line set up by park rangers at 1-301-745-5816.

Anonymous tips will be accepted, DeLancey said.

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