Dog dies after lifeguard runs him over at Hollywood beach

HOLLYWOOD — Ron Katz took his Havanese mix, Rudy, to Hollywood’s pet dog seaside, permitting the 17-pound Toto lookalike operate no cost in the sand. Quickly his cherished minimal doggy would be lifeless.

Inside of five minutes, Rudy was pinned under the tire of a truck pushed by a lifeguard supervisor.

Now Katz is studying to reside a lifestyle without having Rudy, a rescue doggy he adopted 5 several years back.

Never ever all over again will they kayak by way of the mangroves collectively or enterprise out on neighborhood walks.

“He was likely closer to me than any individual else in the entire world,” Katz reported. “He was my sweet small boy, my companion and my ideal buddy.”

Rudy was operating as a result of the sand at Hollywood’s pet beach on July 7 about 3:30 p.m. when he was crushed beneath the entrance passenger tire of a truck driven by Marine Safety Patrol Capt. Leo Yost, the metropolis confirmed.

Rudy, who would have turned 7 in August, died on the way to the animal clinic, Katz claims.

Yost was driving a city truck by means of the doggy seashore at a slow price of pace when Rudy ran up and begun chasing the truck and biting at the tire, mentioned Joann Hussey, a Hollywood spokeswoman.

“He was little by little touring south along the fence that separates the beach from the dunes when a compact, unleashed doggy arrived jogging at his car or truck,” Hussey said. “He hit the brakes and because of the sand soil, the motor vehicle coasted ahead marginally.”

Yost arrived to a stop, but the dog’s entire body was pinned less than the tire.

Katz, who was sitting down close by but distracted by a cellular phone get in touch with from his brother, suggests he listened to people screaming, “Your pet dog! Your pet!”

He looked more than and saw a group dashing towards the truck. Then he noticed Rudy.

“I observed my doggy crushed under the passenger wheel,” Katz mentioned. “The male stopped ideal on top rated of him.”

Frantic, he ran to Rudy, cursing at the driver to back again up. Yost backed up, Katz says, but stayed in the truck.

Katz lifted up a limp Rudy and cradled him in his arms.

“He had blood coming out of his mouth and his nose,” Katz stated. “He was not awake. When I picked him up he jerked his head and that was it. He did not make one sound. He died 10 minutes later.”

Yost, who could not be attained for comment, is an animal lover and has been distraught at any time because, in accordance to 1 town formal.

“He feels awful that this tragic incident transpired,” Hussey said.

Katz, of Hollywood, states 1 witness informed him he considered the truck was likely also fast.

Hollywood requires emergency cars driving on the beach front to not exceed 25 mph, even in an emergency.

“Yost indicated he was driving quite bit by bit, all over 5 mph,” Hussey stated.

The incident is under investigation, but Hussey suggests there is no way to affirm Yost’s pace that working day.

Jim McCrady, vice president of the United States Lifesaving Affiliation for the Southeast Area, states he’s heard of lifeguards accidentally running around sunbathers, but in no way a dog.

“I never know that this has took place wherever else in the state,” he claimed. “I will go out on a limb and say this has never ever occurred in advance of.”

Canines are identified for chasing trucks even at the seashore, stated McCrady, a former lifeguard supervisor in Fort Lauderdale.

“When I worked in Fort Lauderdale, the canine chased the trucks so we just drove slow. I’d arrive to a full halt until eventually I could see the pet.”

Hollywood’s puppy seaside sits involving Pershing and Custer streets.

Hollywood does not call for house owners to hold their canines on a leash at the doggy beach, but the procedures do demand them to be responsible for their doggy at all periods.

Hollywood resident Beth Witherspoon was horrified to hear a lifeguard was driving through the pet beach front.

“Of program a pet is likely to get operate above,” said Witherspoon, who will take her pet to the seaside every single Sunday. “They shouldn’t generate on the sand as a result of the dog beach front. They have to have to get around on Surf Street and go close to. There’s no reason for them to drive by that canine seashore.”

Fort Lauderdale resident Dimitri Laskaris and his girlfriend have been at the seashore that working day with their puppy.

“If I do go back again, I’m going to hold him close,” he reported. “It all transpired so quickly. It was terrible to see that. The previous point you need to have to fret about is your dog getting hit at the doggy seaside.”

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Following listening to what occurred to Rudy, Hollywood resident Wendy Schugar-Martin states she designs to hold an even closer eye on her pet dogs when they head to the beach front.

“That breaks my coronary heart,” she reported. “That inadequate family. Bad minor Rudy.”

The working day Rudy died, Katz raced Rudy to a vet in Fort Lauderdale to verify he was absent.

“I expended about an hour in the room with him indicating goodbye,” he reported. “I cried. Picked him up and held him. Gave him kisses. I apologized to him for what took place. Explained to him I liked him and I missed him.”

Katz suggests he and his wife just cannot convey by themselves to get rid of Rudy’s puppy mattress or leash.

“Life is incredibly empty without the need of Rudy,” he claimed. “”I took a wander on the route I normally consider with Rudy and it was like a nightmare. Just a reminder that he’s not listed here any more.”

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