Devastated Mom Writes Open Letter to the Man Who Killed Her Family’s Dog

“There isn’t Soskay constantly at my feet, there isn’t Soskay to greet me when I walk through the front door… You took my irreplaceable friend away from all of us.”



Sharon McNamee of Dundalk, Ireland, and her family are reeling after the distressing death of their beloved dog Soskay.  He was being taken for a walk by McNamee’s teen daughter when a man came hurtling around a bend on the wrong side of the road and killed him.  Now the family is hoping someone will come forward to identify the cowardly driver who fled the scene.

McNamee posted the following letter on Facebook:

To The Person That Killed My Dog

On Wednesday evening, my 15 year old daughter took our gorgeous Soskay for his usual little evening time trot around the block. You came tearing around a corner, proceeded to drive on the wrong side of the road, hit my dog with such force that two females students heard the bang from their back garden and thought a child had been knocked down, you didn’t stop immediately, so your back wheel went over my dog, and when you did eventually stop, you mumbled sorry before quickly blaming my daughter. You told her several times “it was all her fault” and how “the dog came out of nowhere.”  By this time the two female students had come running out of their house. My dog was about the same size as a Yorkshire Terrier, so for any impact to have made such a loud noise with such a small dog, truly was done with sheer force and speed. He wasn’t out in the middle of the road, he was walking beside the kerb.

While my daughter and the two students tried to help my already dying dog, through the trauma, my daughter still had the sense to ask you for your details and for you to speak with her parents. At that point, you got back into your car, turned around and drove away. I’d like to share with you now the aftermath of your reckless, dangerous driving.

My daughter came running into the house hysterically, while the two students carried our dog into the house with his little head tilted down so he wouldn’t choke on the volume of blood that was pouring from his mouth, presumably from severe internal injuries. He was brought into the kitchen, leaving a trail of blood along the hallway. The pool on the kitchen floor became bigger and bigger as we rang for a vet. At one point he panicked and tried to move. By the time I realised my 8 year old son was standing in the hallway watching with horror, even though I then sent him upstairs, it was too late, my son had already witnessed the bloody scene. My husband carried our dog into the car, and I drove. But Soskay never stood a chance, he died on the way there. I had left 3 traumatised children in the house, and then had to go back home and tell them he died.

What followed will haunt me. After the blood was cleaned up, after we repeatedly reassured our daughter that it was not her fault but yours, after I cleaned myself up and changed my blood stained clothes, I crawled into my bed, where my 8 year old son was, and held his hand while he cried himself to sleep. I did not sleep much on Wednesday night, nor the last two nights.

Soskay was my shadow, he followed me everywhere, room to room, all day every day. He slept in my bedroom, he would sit on the window seat watching out the window whenever I left the house, and when I would return he would greet me as if he hasn’t seen me in days. At night, when I would sit on the sofa in the sitting room, he would jump up and snuggle in beside me. I could not count how many times I would trip over him daily due to the fact that he was constantly at my heels. He was my friend, my constant companion, he was not just our dog, he was a huge part of our family. He made us laugh. He was only 4 years old. I have not sat in the sitting room since Wednesday, and I honestly don’t know when I will. Right now, I don’t want to.




The children did not go to school on Thursday; we said our goodbyes properly to Soskay, laid him in his bed with his toy, gently covered him and then buried him. I honestly didn’t do a whole lot of anything else on Thursday, except cry, I did a lot of that.

Friday was harder than Thursday, I went back to my routine, kids to school, laundry, dinner, the usual but nothing is the same. There isn’t Soskay constantly at my feet, there isn’t Soskay looking out the window when I return from school runs, there isn’t Soskay to greet me when I walk through the front door. It feels empty, there is a vast hole, an empty space that will never be full again. You took my irreplaceable friend away from all of us.

I don’t know why you drove away, perhaps it was that you knew your reckless driving was 100% to blame, perhaps you had been drinking and were worried the Guards would be called, perhaps you hadn’t any insurance, perhaps you were concerned that you could be facing a huge vet bill, or perhaps that is just who you are. That is your nature, that is your personality, selfish, cruel and inhumane because you were able to drive away, leaving a 15 year old girl with a dying dog. You are not entitled to be called a human being, let alone a Man.

I believe in Karma, in what goes around comes around, for every action there is a reaction. I don’t know if this will be shared enough for you to eventually come across it, but someone you know just might read it and a secret is only a secret if you don’t tell anyone. I imagine you will have told someone by now, so it’s no longer your secret. There are other witnesses to your driving on the wrong side of the road, my daughter will recognise you should she see you again and considering the fact you were entering our street, there is a good chance you will be seen again. After two days of my 8 year old son asking me “am I feeling better?” I guess today is the day to start lying to him. My only consolation in all of this is that you didn’t plough into my daughter, and that perhaps my beautiful Soskay died so that my daughter would be safe.

To everyone that takes the time to read this, and I know it’s long, thank you. Please share if you can and any information regarding this incident will be greatly appreciated and handled discreetly. This happened on Wednesday night (21-09-16) around 9 pm in Rockfield Manor.

Witnesses describe the vehicle as being dark-colored, possibly an Audi.



73 thoughts on “Devastated Mom Writes Open Letter to the Man Who Killed Her Family’s Dog

      1. Perhaps Skanhunt was the driver and consequently the murderer of precious Soskay. I don’t have the right words for that poor family. Although if I were the mother, I would keep telling myself that maybe Soskay died so that her daughter was unharmed. Time is a great healer. I am so, so sorry this horrific event happened to you.

    1. Yes Skankhunt is an animal, a Gorilla to be precise. One that likes watermelon, Colt 45 and Popeyes fried chicken.

      1. JD being a racist piece of sh*t isn’t any better than the ignorant prick… Both of you are the lowest of human beings.

    2. Skankhunt, your name says it all. And what you really meant is that you are such a loser, you aspire to skanks. No one cares about you, not even the skanks you acquaint yourself with. They laugh in your face and behind your back. You wish even a tree would hug you, but you’re too pathetic, with your laughable, tiny inverted pimple dick. Get a life, loser.

        A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS: WAS THE DOG ON A LEASH?? i if not than the person that was ‘in control of the dog IS responsible!I
        have two beloved dogs also and they NEVER are allowed to get near the road! that’s the way my dogs died of OLD age Their either in one of my buildings , the car or on a leash

    3. Plenty of people care about that poor dog and his family as the huge number of posts shows. You and you opinion are simply irrelevant. It is you whose opinion is nether wanted, cared about or respected. Given your level of empathy, you must be either a sociopath or a psychopath. Pretty much incurable, so that means you are quite literally a waste of skin.

    4. Gerald? Is that you? Nice trolling – you’ve gotten everyone all worked up. But what kind of example are you setting for Kyle?

      It’s posts like this that made me quit Twitter…

    5. you must be the “pride” of your mommie…oh wait, make that the shame. no worries. people (and i use that term lightly)…are morons who usually get what is coming to them. why don’t you post your REAL NAME and ADDRESS PUBLICLY. oh i forgot, you are a coward.

    6. Oh, a tree hugger! Great, please find a big tree, and a helper, hug a big pine tree with only briefs on in a mosquito infested forest, have your hands and legs tied real tight. Overnight may be enough time for JERK punishment I hope everone treats you like you deserve to be treated.

  1. If he was in fact drunk, he probably doesn’t remember what he did but that’s no excuse. He could have also run over your daughter. I am so very sorry for your loss as you lost a family member, not just a dog. I’ve taken in strays, inherited dogs from people, and adopted abandoned dogs. Each and everyone of them was special and left this earth well-loved. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please let your children know that not everyone is like that bad person. One last thing, my suggestion to you is to get another dog after some time and let it be from a shelter, rescue, or even one who shows up at the door. All of you have entirely too much love to give to not have another dog. Soskay would want you to open your heart to another dog that needed you.

  2. Skankhunt. We do care about this family and their dog. Your remarks are disgusting. You are a putrid piece of scum. Now with that said. The family is not to blame for the person taking a turn way to fast or crossing a lane. Yes, the dog should be on a leash as most cities do have leash laws. Perhaps this area is quiet enough where people regularly walk their dogs free of a leash and don’t let them roam unattended.. This poor little dog is gone and it is so sad. I hope the family will remember for fortunate they are to have had this dog’s love and his love for you. Some people never experience this.

  3. My heart breaks for the loss of your beloved Soskay. I am in the United States, but I have shared this on Facebook and I have friends in Ireland. Karma knows everyone’s address.

  4. Rather than sending out a man hunt, why is the fact not addressed that the dog was on the road? Seems to me like the girls weren’t in very good care of him and had him in a bad spot. I’m sure he ran after the car, as dogs do.

    1. Nowhere does it say he wasn’t on a leash. He was “beside the kerb” which is where many towns require dogs be led to relieve themselves. Reading into this a way to blame the girl, instead of the reckless driver is just plain nasty.

    2. Go back and read the letter, the dog was hit by the truck coming around the corner. Please tell me when the poor thing had time to chase the truck.

    3. seems to be you are an asshole and don’t have any business making judgements. crawl back under your hole and maybe someone will KILL YOU when you are out walking.

  5. My deepest sympathy to you ,your children and especially your daughter who was there when this lowlife garbage killed your little dog. I had a beautiful German Shepard when I was 12 , he died ten years later also hit by a car.The pain is like losing a member of the family…I’ve never owned a dog since,,,and I ‘m 55 yrs old.. All I can say is what you mentioned, thank God it was’nt your daughter who was hit instead. I t wont give you comfort but at least it will give you a bit of releif..And as for the human filth skank who wrote that horrible message You’re a p.o.s. and must be a miserable lonely freindless sub human.

  6. It is illegal to hit a dog and drive off… He can be cited and fined and sued…

    Any male that cannot drive a car well is a pathetic…

  7. Listen HERE C the dog was on the shoulder you ass and not on the road, that Dumb ass driver was at Fault driving like a manic and Could have hit the Girl or anybody else the way he was driving so go and read it again, How dumb can a person get to blame it all on a poor child and her dog, i had a dog who was hit by a car on the side of the road in front of my yard and yes they stopped but my idiot brother at the time told em’ to go on, and no the dog was Not in the road either, So i know what the family is going through time will heal all wounds. When the time is right Adopt give a poor dog from a shelter a chance to fill in that hollow place….

  8. Tragically, about 6 months ago, at 6:45am Thurs 11 Feb., my Yorkie terrier
    was run and killed over by a young inattentive driver next to my
    house, in front of my neighbor’s driveway. Texting and driving on a residential road.

    I was on the side of the road, waving my arms and yelling for her to
    stop, and seconds later the late-model white VW runs over my little
    dog, without braking or slowing, and I had to jump out of the way at
    the last second to avoid becoming its second victim.

    It was not dark, light enough to drive without lights. The young girl pulls over after that, and apologizes. She offers no explanation on why she didn’t see the me or my dog. Offers to pay for the dead pet.

    The police don’t really care. It was just so much road kill.

    How long will it be before the next reckless driver on this street runs
    over and kills another small pet or a child?

  9. To the MacNamee family, I feel for your loss. This happened to me when I was a child and I will NEVER forget losing my beloved Lisa, a coonhound my family loved more than life. I was about 9 when it happened and I will never forget the sound of her being hit and the 45 lb dog being literally tossed in the air, by a neighbor who was speeding through a country road. I do agree with one of the other posters, who stated that Soskay would want you to have another dog in your life. That unconditional love will follow over the Rainbow Bridge.

    To Skankhunt my comment is, You are a worthless piece of trash to belittle ANYONE’s losses in life. How dare you! How dare you make fun of a family’s sufferings.

    To the being who ran over Soskay, you, again are worthless. You could have at least “owned up” to your mistake by giving your information, or rather, carrying the dying animal to the front door of the house. You have much to learn about being a human being.

    Again, my thoughts and prayers to the family to help them ease their loss.

  10. I understand your pain and sorrow. I have enormous empathy for your loss, but if the dog was off leash you bear some of the responsibility. You have to think in terms of prevention, you must!

  11. SKANKHUNT is a fictional character from South Park, an internet troll….and you’re not him, nor are you funny. Your’e a giant doosh, or was it a turd sandwich? Probably both.

  12. So sorry for your loss. Pets hold special places in our hearts and lives. As a pet owner, I want to tell you to try and think about finding/connecting with a new furfriend fairly soon. This is NOT about forgetting or ‘replacing’ your Soskay it is filling an empty place. There are so many dogs at shelters that need/want a forever home and it may soon be your time to find and bring another into your lives. Furry it may be. I believe that an animals spirit continues forward and that if you give it a chance you will find the spirit of Soskay in another forever family member. May not be today, tomorrow, but keep your hearts and eyes open for when that happens. I lost a furfriend and put off filling that spot for a couple of months. In some ways I needed the time, but then again, I needed a warm furfriend to complete that empty place in my heart. Again, not a replacement, just a new furfriend to fill the empty spot. Glad you kept the children included after the fact and remember, to keep the children included in finding your new furfriend. It may be their spirits that connect in that special way.

  13. Our pets are our children. The are special and loved and have a place in our hearts forever. There is also a special place in hell for this so called man. I pray your family all the best.

    1. First of all, there is nothing to suggest that the dog was not on a leash; second, for you “humans” making the comments you are because you are not getting the attention this dog is, nor do you deserve to, BE SILENT. Skankhunt, more is the correct spelling of the word, maybe instead of advertising what an ignorant moron you are, you should spend some time getting educated; of course that would probably literally kill you before anything else; is it any wonder people want to see those like you rounded up and dumped in the middle of a desert somewhere?
      FD, pay attention when you are reading; the dog was at the curb; the worthless lowlife who won’t ever be a man is at fault.
      WoAiZhonguo, why is it that you can’t make sure that YOU fall into the barbecue and actually do something useful with your pathetic life for once?

    2. Part of a sucessful career in comedy is knowing your audience and observing the timing of your witty repartee. I hope you have a backup plan becaue you suck. You are not funny,.appropriate or kind in any way. In the future, if you can’t offer sympathy or comforting words, then just shut the fuck up.

  14. I’m so very sorry your poor dog suffered so much and that you and your family have to live with this trauma. I totally agree with you about karma. Sometimes it takes years, but what goes around really does come around and this individual will somehow pay for the suffering he’s caused to you and who knows how many others. My gut instinct is that this isn’t his first accident and it won’t be his last.

    I wish you and your family peace and healing during this terrible time.

  15. This story made me cry. I am so sorry about the loss of your beloved dog. Outrageous that this man was on the wrong side of the road and didn’t give his name or that the girls did not write down his license number. If he was drunk, he needs to go to jail. I speak peace over you and your family in the name of Jesus. Blessings to you all.

  16. Isn’t skank a name for a weird female of the skunk family? So a “person” who “hunts” weird skunks should be simply ignored. This “person” has apparently suffered loss and is hitting all who cross his path. Those who have commented on him have fed his fantasy, as indeed this comment is doing. We all have to remember to focus on what is important and that is the sadness for the family’s loss of Soskay. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  17. It is unimaginable the trauma this little fellow suffered at the end. May he be skipping through the tall grass at the Rainbow Bridge. For the children, please know that my prayers are with you and may the days to come bring a smile to your face when you think of your little friend. Remember the wonderful times.

  18. As an extreme dog lover reading this made me cry my heart out for the family and that sweet dog. my words for them are time does heal if you give yourselves time to grieve then go to a shelter and give another sweet dog a chance to share the love your family can give one at the same time you will be saving their life from a lonely and cruel world.
    I don’t want to give any of these negative people any of my time just to say one day they WILL understand what hurt feels like when it’s at they’re door. and it can’t come to soon for any of them.

  19. I’m so sorry to hear about such a horrendous event happening to your cherished companion – and to your entire family. I too embrace dogs as part of my family – or perhaps it is they who honor me in taking me in as part of their pack? In any case, we live as fully committed as any family members do when they love, respect, support, and revel in each others company. They violent and traumatic way that your dear Soskay was taken – and the fact that your daughter (and son) had to witness it and live through the after-efects, make it even more painful and hard to process. There is more than just your daughter not being hit to be grateful for…if I may gently and respectfully suggest….having been hit with such force which resulted in grave and fatal internal damage, it is quite likely that Soskay – although confused and frightened – did no suffer extreme physical pain as his body was releasing major amounts of hormones to aid in blocking pain – and he was deeply in shock. Also, and I’m sure Soskay would agree – how wonderful for him to have known being so deeply loved and cherished while here. So many beautiful souls no only suffering, fear, and loneliness in their (all too short) time here. Lastly I offer this as a stranger looking in….you and your children have each other to grateful for – that you can learn how to suffer- and eventually how to heal and move forward – together. So many people have no one to help share life’s greatest heartbreaks with. Thank for sharing this sad event with us – thank you for reminding us to hug our loved ones (of all persuasions!) a little closer – and that life is a gift that is not guaranteed for any of us. I hope the man responsible is able to find his way to reconcile.

  20. I don’t have the right words to make you feel better, but I feel your pain. I know for a fact that there are people who think a dog is a dog and nothing else. But they are wrong, they have feelings, they cry, they suffer pain. It just makes me very sad to know he suffered pain, and there was nothing to anyone could have done, besides be with him and give him comfort, I am sorry that you no longer have your friend, companion, your family member. My heart aches. I also have a dog and he is my companion and my friend. I would not know what would I do if something like this should happen to him. I hope that our Heavenly Father gives you strength to continue with your daily routine. But most of all I hope that someone will know who the person who killed your dog is, and they come forward and speak, so that he can be found and can be bring in for justice.. My condolences to you and your family

  21. Several years I was walking my two dogs after dark, when some guy in a pickup truck swerved around a corner and was about to mow all of us down. I jumped back onto someone’s lawn and pulled my two dogs behind me. Amazingly….the guy in the truck was laughing his head off. WTF? How could anyone possibly find humor in nearly killing a person who was walking his two dogs?

  22. What a horrific and tragic death to experience for Soskay and the whole family!!!.. So sorry for the loss of your beloved family member. I’m a huge animal lover and pet owner myself and can sympathize with the loss of your pet. Soskay looks so sweet and adorable in the pictures; he didn’t deserve his death and his short lived life. It’s quite obvious that the driver is a coward, a psychopath, and a worthless sick S.O.B!!!.. This hit and run will haunt him for the rest of his little, pathetic life. I also believe in karma in every way, “What goes around, comes around,” his day will come soon enough. I know it will be a long time to fully heal from your loss and that’s o.k. Keep Soskay in your thoughts and his memory alive. It’s o.k. to leave a few pictures around the house and reminisce the times you shared together. When the time is right, which may seem like never, please consider to adopt a homeless dog from a shelter. There are dogs waiting to be adopted by a loving and caring family like yours.

  23. So sorry to hear your story, I have a yorkie and I can feel your pain. But looks to me your daughter and the two students had plenty of time to take a picture of the license plate with the cellphone which is ubiquitously carried around nowadays, that’s why I always carry mine when I walk my dog. I know it’s hard to think of that in that kind of situation, so let’s all remind ourselves. The least we can do is to hold those cowards accountable!

  24. I shall say prayers for you and your family. Loss is terrible. That rotten murderer needs to do jail time.

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