PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. — Pima Animal Care Center said 22 dogs were hit over the holiday season. It is the largest number of hit-by-car cases the center has had in a three-month period.
Nikki Reck with PACC said it is a combination of factors that lead up to so many animals being hit.
"More people in town, more strangers in the home so dogs are uncomfortable. They see an escape and they go for it. And then people on the roads who don't understand the roads, new to the area and then that combined with dogs running around off-leash. Its a tragedy that happens unfortunately," said Reck.
A tragedy that happens in every part of town, but Reck said, that quite a few hit-by-car cases come from the south side of Tucson.
Here's how you can help the shelter or injured animals at PACC. The center has a wish list of needed items for animals in recovery. You can also donate your time as a volunteer or as a foster.
"We've made it easy for people to donate, easy to foster. And it's my favorite part of bringing a dog home, because I know that they're finally getting that restful sleep because its not stressful, it's not loud," said Reck.
PACC said having a foster home to recover in can do wonders for an animal. Reck fostered Cadbury during his recovery after being hit by a car in December; and now he has officially been adopted.
"Like Cadbury here, he lost his leg, and otherwise, he's a happy healthy boy. He just needed a quite place to recover and he's doing great. His people are picking him up and he's happy to go," said Reck.
For information on how to get involved with PACC, click here.