Friday, April 29, 2016

New York: Despite best efforts, Greyhound Reggie dies after pit bull attack

NEW YORK -- Reggie, a retired greyhound attacked by a pit bull earlier in April, has died, according to a post on a GoFundMe online account set up to raise money for the injured dog's medical care.

The family expressed gratitude not only for the monetary support — more than $9,200 was raised — but also for the thoughts and prayers for Reggie.

The greyhound, who would have turned 11 next week, died Thursday morning, according to the post.

I regret to inform all of his supporters that “Reggie” passed away early this morning. Next Tuesday would have been his 11th birthday. His family and myself wish to thank all of his supports from the bottom of our hearts of this Go Fund Me page, not only for the donations for his medical treatment, but for all your thoughts and prayers that gave us all hope that he could overcome his severe injuries. RIP Sweet Reggie. If you would like, you can send your thoughts and condolences to “Reggie’s Family” c/o GAGR, PO Box 63, Penfield, NY 14526-0063. Thank you.

"If anything good came out of this tragedy, it is the fact that there are so many wonderful people that bonded together for this sweet dog," a post attributed to Reggie's family reads on the site. "Someone said today ... RIP means 'Romping in Paradise,' and that is exactly what we hope Reggie is doing now."

Lisa Matthaeus was walking Reggie down Main Street in the Wayne County village of Newark on the evening of April 10 when a mixed-breed pit bull in a parked vehicle jumped out and attacked Reggie.

Matthaeus suffered a severe laceration on her finger and required surgery after the attack. The pit bull was owned by Newark resident Vickie Cook. Cook has not spoken with the media about the incident.

The pit bull, Rocky, was euthanized Friday by court order, Animal Control Officer Bob Howard said.

(Daily Messenger - April 28, 2016)


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