A Minneapolis man was injured and his beloved dog killed after they were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Northeast Minneapolis last weekend.
Chris Englund had been at HeadFlyer Brewing along with wife Jenny, friend Ann, and his German Shepherd-Collie mix Bozley, where they had been at Pupper Pics with Santa, an event raising money for Secondhand Hounds.
As they were returning to their car on the opposite side of East Hennepin Avenue at around 6 p.m., Englund pressed the crosswalk light button, proceeding across the road with Bozley as he saw cars preparing to stop as the pedestrian crossing lights flashed.
But as he got to the middle, he saw what he believes was a dark colored minivan closing in on him and Bozley.
"In that second I tried to pull him [Bozley] out of the way and at the same time trying to jump out of the way," Englund told BMTN. "I was struck on my knee, causing me to flip, and landed on my back, but Bozley was struck and flew about 20 feet.
"He was screaming and I ran to him," he said.
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Bozley bit Englund on the hands as he tried to help him, such was the pain the dog was in, before Englund and his wife loaded him into their truck and took him to the U of M Veterinary Medical Center.
The pooch went into shock suffering from internal bleeding, and required donor plasma as well as sustaining three fractured ribs and a pulmonary contusion.
The Englunds visited him on Sunday, when he could hobble around, with his bodily functions working, and things looked to be trending in the right direction.
But tragically, he went into cardiac arrest on Monday morning, and despite the best efforts of veterinarians, he died.
Englund, who himself suffered a contusion to his left knee, is looking for people to come forward with information about the hit-and-run. He was told that a passing Metro Transit bus driver said they might have some surveillance footage showing the incident.
He's also called for a stoplight to be installed at the intersection, saying: "I had the right of way, with the lights blinking and I still got hit. And my dog was killed."
"There is a brewery there and one is down the street. Either put a bridge over it or put a stop light up."
Minneapolis police says an investigation has been launched and remains active.
Anyone with information should contact Minneapolis Police Department, using incident number 19-367266.