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Dog loses owner, life in fatal accident

Published On: Dec 30 2013 07:06:30 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 30 2013 07:36:11 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

The dog of a man that was hit and killed by a car in Redding on Dec. 20 was humanely euthanized Monday.

Rocky, a 10-year-old Chinese Crested, was with Sherman Eugene Barrett, 81, when they were struck by a vehicle on Eureka Way.

The incident fatally wounded Sherman and Rocky sustained severe injuries.

“We were really hoping we would be able to get Rocky up and about again and into a loving home but sadly we had to make a tough decision today,” stated Mark Storrey, Haven Humane Society CEO.

According to Haven Humane Society’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Cyanna Howden, Rocky’s injuries were greater than initially assessed and would have required numerous surgeries on two limbs.

“The surgeries were no guarantee that Rocky would ever walk again and the recovery was too much for a dog of his age and current health,” said Dr. Howden.

The Haven Humane Society received generous community support and was able to pay for the treatment Rocky did receive and keep him comfortable during his final days.

The remaining donations will be given to the Misty Lee Memorial Fund, an account used to provide critical medical care to injured animals of unknown ownership or those who are owned by people who cannot immediately afford the care. The Fund is available through referrals made by animal regulation officers and staff, and it is primarily supported by community donations.