A UPS driver ran over and killed a 10-year-old Labrador In Washington State on June 29. He left the dead dog with a condolence note for the owner to find.
On June 29, Bill Ferguson came home to two notes and a dead dog.
“Came down my driveway and I found my dog, Moses, dead there with blood coming out of his ears and nose and big cuts on his head,” he said.
Moses, a Labrador, was run over by a United Parcel Service vehicle right inside Ferguson’s property.
In an emailed statement, UPS said that their driver saw both dogs behind the truck when heading up the driveway, but Moses started following the truck.
“One of the dogs unfortunately was chasing the vehicle, biting at the tires and before our driver could stop the dog ran fast enough to get in front of the rear tire,” UPS spokesperson Dan McMackin said.
The driver carried the Labrador to side of the house and left a note with contact information and condolences on Ferguson’s front door.
The note reads: “Sorry about your dog- he cut right in front of my tire as I was pulling forward!! I’m really sorry”
UPS has accepted liability because the dog was on his owner’s property when their vehicle struck him, but Ferguson doesn’t like the way he found out.
“I didn’t get notified, that’s the thing,” Ferguson said. “I got a note. If I had been gone for two days, or my wife had come home at night, there was no message, no caring, nothing. It was very callous.”
Ferguson is planning to take legal action.
According to the UPS, in incidents like this managers certainly reach out to the customer and that’s what they did.
Still, Ferguson thinks that they could have called him or notified the neighbors.
“I forgive the driver, I know he didn’t intend to, but my dog is still dead,” Ferguson said.
Now, Ferguson has put up a sign at the end of his driveway to stop delivery trucks from coming down his driveway.
UPS said that their insurance representative will or has reached out to Ferguson to start the claim process.