St. Marys Journal Argus
Speeding traffic through the village of Harrington was on the mind of at least one resident even more over the Christmas holidays, after a neighbour’s much-loved pet was killed in what she believes was a hit-and-run offence.
“Someone should be charged for this,” a saddened Joan Windler told the Journal Argus on Monday, Dec. 29, less than a week after her Cornelia Street neighbour’s 10 year-old Black Lab mix was discovered partially submerged in water in the ditch along Oxford Road 96.
“When I found out, I was really upset,” said Windler, who works nights at a hospital and admits that, if she had known when she arrived home on Dec. 22, she would have got out of her car and walked along the roadway searching for signs of the dog. But her neighbour didn’t let Windler’s husband know the dog — named Jake — had not returned until the afternoon of Dec. 23, and he was subsequently discovered off the edge of the well-travelled road.
“On Road 96, people speed through here all the time,” Windler said. “There are signs posted with a speed limit of 60 (km/h) but people don’t go 60.”
The Windlers also have a pet dog, a border collie mix named Feynman. But he’s confined to their yard by a fence. “I don’t let him go out on his own. Not with Road 96.”
By contrast, the neighbour’s pets — which also include a second black Lab and a poodle — are held in by a fence. And that’s something Windler came to enjoy, as the affable Jake took to visiting their Cornelia Street home. “He was very friendly and laid back,” she said, adding that he had all his tags and a good collar.
That’s part of the reason she’s hoping to eventually find out what happened to Jake. “I don’t know if he drowned after he was hit, or did he die from being hit.”
Plus, she would definitely like to see someone charged if, indeed, it was a hit-and-run by a careless driver. She encourages anyone with information to contact Oxford OPP at 888-310-1122. Or contact the Journal Argus at 519-284-2440.
And if you’re driving through Harrington, she — and other residents — encourage you to slow down.