An Oregon woman is grappling with the devastating loss of her senior dog, “Magic,” who she claims was left in a parked car, by the police in Eugene, for over two weeks. Magic belonged to a woman named Tammy and the pair had been together since Magic was a tiny pup.
Tammy, who is homeless, left Magic inside of her car on the morning of October 5 – Tammy wrote about what happened that fateful day, “I had Magic in the car with me it was early morning on the 5th and I decided to ride my bike to 99 donuts for a maple bar so I had started the car warmed it up tucked Magic in with her blankets in the passenger seat shut the car off and told her I would be right back. I left on bike with windows up in the car cause it was still early morning very cold. The donut store was just down the road.”
Tammy never made it back to her car that morning because she was picked up by the local police who had been looking for another “person of interest.” Though Tammy claims that she was not who the authorities were searching for, she did have warrants for her arrest and she was taken to jail.
Tammy claims that she told the police that her dog was inside of her parked car, and that she also gave them her mother’s phone number. Tammy has stated that she “begged” the police to get her dog out of the car.
After two weeks…17 days to be exact, Tammy was released from jail and horrified to find her beloved companion dead inside of the vehicle. Tammy wrote, “When I got out I went to my car and found my dog of 13 years “Magic” was her name, dead and rotted inside my car.”
Tammy has faced struggles in her life – and she makes no claims of being “perfect.” However, she has stated that she always did the best that she could for Magic. In a Craigslist posting about the situation, Tammy wrote, “I admit I am not a perfect person I am a long time drug addict and user of meth and marijuana but in Magic’s 13 years of her life I did the best I could to take care of her and she was never ever neglected in anyway even if it meant leaving her with some one else for awhile. I had warrants for drug delivery and possession of meth and had expected to go to prison cause of last conversation I had with an attorney. But I do not believe that my criminal charges mean that it was ok to let Magic die this way in an unlocked car with the windows up with no food or water.”
In an email to the National Dog News Examiner, Tammy expressed her anguish over Magic’s death, “I don’t know how to go on knowing she died there waiting for me to come get her out of that car.”
Read the entire Craigslist posting about the incident here.
According to Eugene’s KVAL News, the police have stated that they were not given the correct location of the car. They do, however, want to get in touch with Tammy to “make the situation right.”
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