Service Dog Hit By Car, Driver At Large

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

A deaf man from Lawerenceburg says his three-year-old basset hound was killed Thursday night by a hit and run driver.

Oscar has been John Dill's companion for the past year-and-a-half.

Dill says he relied on his dog everyday to alert him to possible dangers and other noises and sounds he can't hear.

Thursday night, when Dill says he was watching TV, he lost sight of Oscar. When he found him, the service dog was across the street, visiting with another dog.

Dill called for Oscar, not realizing a car was driving down the street. By the time he noticed, it was too late. Oscar was struck and killed.

Dill says the driver of the car didn't even stop.

Dill's attention turned to Oscar, so he didn't notice what the vehicle looked like.

Now, Dill will have to start over with another dog, but says they are expensive and he needs help to get a new one.

John Dill has set up an account at the American Founders Bank in Lawerenceburg. It's called "Oscar's friends".

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  • by Ang Location: Pittsburgh on Oct 10, 2008 at 02:11 PM
    What a shame! How cold is this hit and run driver? It's really sad to learn of this loss of Oscar. I am very sure Oscar was a very special helper for John. It is breaking my heart...I am an animal lover...but for the driver who hit Oscar, he deserves the time to be in jail and must pay for Oscar's death. The driver is so cold and heartless...get him!! John deserves the great! I wish John the best of luck and love.
  • by Kristen Location: Lawrenceburg on Oct 7, 2008 at 06:27 AM
    Thank you Tonya for your concern. John needs to raise money because here in Kentucky there are training centers at a large fee. The waiting lists for the non-profit organizations are 1-2 years. Also, John would like to begin adopting other homeless dogs and paying for their training and then giving them to other people in need of a service dog. The Fund is named "Oscar's Friends."
  • by Tonya Location: Oregon on Oct 6, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    This is truly tragic and a great loss. I don't know why John needs to raise money for another dog. Professiona, non-profit organizations like Dogs for the Deaf train Hearing Dogs and place them free of charge with applicants all across the country. check out
  • by Phillip Location: Irvine on Oct 3, 2008 at 03:09 PM
    I have a ten month old male basset hound that I am interested in donating to this guy. He is a beautiful lemon color with very long ears. I raise basset puppies and usually give them away because it brings me joy that other people enjoy the dogs I love. I will deliver. (edited)


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