OLYMPIA – Olympia police are looking for a hit-and-run driver of a silver sedan that sped through the Goodwill parking lot in west Olympia Saturday afternoon and struck a German shepherd being walked on its leash by its owner – dragging the pet about 1,500 feet under the still-moving car before dislodging it in a back alley, according to Olympia police.
The dog was euthanized at an area veterinary clinic, said Olympia Police Sgt. Paul Johnson. The vehicle never slowed or stopped and fled the scene after the dog was left in an alley behind the Goodwill, Johnson said.
According to Johnson:
The hit and run occurred at roughly 3 p.m. in the Goodwill parking lot in the 400 block of Cooper Point Road Southwest.
A woman was walking her dog in the parking lot when the vehicle came barreling down the road from the direction of the Goodwill. Johnson said the woman jumped out of the way of the vehicle, but the dog was struck and dragged about 1,500 feet.The woman who owned the dog was “extremely distraught” by the incident, Johnson said.
Witnesses said the vehicle that struck the dog was traveling at speeds of between 40 and 50 miles per hour.
Witnesses saw two males in the vehicle, described as a late '90s, early '00s, silver, American-made sedan, with oxidized or peeling paint. Johnson said witnesses described the incident as happening so fast it was difficult to get a license plate number or a description of the car.
An officer is trying to get surveillance camera footage from stores in the Goodwill complex.
Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call Olympia police at 360-753-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.