Truck drives away with helpless dog still leashed at the back and desperately trying to keep pace
The video was taken from the dashcam of a sheriff's volunteer's vehicle on September 8 in Ash Fork, Arizona
The actions of a quick-thinking Yavapai County Sheriff's Office volunteer may very well have saved the life of one helpless dog. A video taken from the dashcam of his police vehicle on September 8 in Ash Fork, Arizona, shows the volunteer pulling out of a gas station before pausing to let a semi-truck pull out into the road.
These volunteers are usually out in the field assisting deputies in various aspects of their patrol duties including transporting prisoners, assisting motorists, traffic control, crime scene security, vacation property checks and much more. However, it became apparent that there was something odd with this truck.
As it swung around, bringing its tail into full view, the volunteer noticed that a small dog was tied to the corner at the back of the trailer. It can be seen struggling to keep up with the rig as it slowly begins gaining speed, with the volunteer now fully aware that he had only a precious few moments to save the dog's life.
As the video begins, we see the car pulling out of the gas station, slowing to allow the truck to pass in front. When the volunteer notices the small dog desperately trying to keep pace, he immediately sounds the horn, following which he turns on the siren and the lights.
The car then begins speeding up to catch up with the truck and pulls close to the passenger's side, with both vehicles subsequently coming to a stop. A door can be heard clicking open as the footage closes out. The camera at the station also managed to capture the incident and shows both vehicles from a third-person point of view. The volunteer can also be seen getting out of the car, with the truck driver captured walking to the back and freeing his dog.
In a statement on their Facebook page, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office wrote, "In the video, one of our VIPS was leaving a parking lot after a quick drink break to assist a deputy when he came across a tractor-trailer pulling out of a gas station parking lot with a dog attached to the trailer bumper. The driver was heading to the interstate. He quickly activated his lights and siren to alert the driver who stopped and was notified about the dog in tow. A very grateful owner retrieved his pet and expressed deep appreciation for the VIP’s efforts."
The statement also praised the volunteer for his quick action and said his use of the lights and siren were justified, writing, "Patrol VIPs act only as eyes and hears when they are in the field, but this exception to use lights and siren to save this dog from injury or death has been deemed warranted by YCSO Command Staff."
It was also revealed that the driver was "simply distracted" and headed towards the interstate after forgetting to unleash his dog. No charges are being sought against him.
Watch the video of the truck pulling away with the dog in two here: