Hit And Run Driver Injures Guide Dog

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips after a hit-and-run driver struck and injured a guide dog on Jan. 29.

At about 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, Tiffany Taylor and her guide dog Sapphire were crossing SE Monterey Ave. in a crosswalk near the Clackamas Town Center when they were hit.

The vehicle missed Taylor, but Sapphire sustained severe head trauma and a leg injury.

Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the scene, and quickly transported Sapphire and Tiffany to a local animal hospital. Sapphire remains under the care of staff at the hospital; the dog is currently sedated, and veterinarians are reportedly working to save Sapphire's leg.

Taylor is visually impaired and depends on Sapphire for mobility. Sapphire is a 4-year-old Golden Labrador, and has served as Tiffany’s guide dog for about a year. Sapphire was provided to Taylor by Guide Dogs for the Blind.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help to locate the suspect vehicle and driver who hit Sapphire and fled the scene.

Anyone with information on the crime -- which occurred around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 -- is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 503-723-4949 or by using the online tip form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case #19-002406.

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