Family mourns family pet left to die
GOLDEN GATE, Fla. - A 90 year old Golden Gate woman loses her 4-legged companion after a driver hits and kills the American Bulldog, leaving him to die.
"He was just so lovable. Everybody loved him. Everybody…. just to be with him 5 minutes, and you'd love him," Kay Hallacy tells us.
She and her son nursed Lester the dog they call Boo Boo back to health after he was abandoned on the street.
"When I first saw those ribs sticking out and those big feet, they looked huge because he was so skinny. I thought, oh god, look at this poor little thing and immediately I started feeling for him, Kay remembers.
And soon Kay says Boo Boo turned into a big 125-pound teddy bear.
"He just took over our hearts. And we just loved him."
But Friday was the last day the Hallacys would see their strapping Boo Boo alive.
The dog escaping and getting hit by a car that afternoon in the area of 51st Terrace Southwest in Golden Gate.
"I don't think we'll ever find out who did it. Whoever it was had compete disregard. He was dragged by the car," Edward Hallacy tells us.
But Boo boo found the strength to make it back home.
"We think he must have dragged himself on his front paws because his back legs were immobile," says Edward.
Kay is torn apart. "I was just beside myself. I said, no I can't see him put down. I don't want him put down. What ever it takes, I'll manage. I want that dog. I love that dog, I kept telling them. And he's gone."
Assuming the driver knew the dog was hit, he or she could be charged with animal cruelty and a minimum $500 civil fine. a misdemeanor or felony conviction is more serious.