Saving Grace

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Carolee Mason, Sandy Paisley, and Grace. A happy ending.

In Newtown, CT, Grace, an 8-year-old Golden retriever, was out for her morning stroll in the yard, just like she did every morning. All of a sudden, Sandy Paisley, Grace’s owner, heard a horrible a scream pierce the morning calm. Sandy ran outside and all she saw was an 8-foot-long swath of blond fur in the driveway. Grace was nowhere in sight but there was an unexpected FedEx package.

Sandy called Animal Control, the police, and the local FedEx office. Carolee Mason, the Animal Control Officer, showed up and started searching for Grace along with Sandy. Carolee’s shift ended but she continued looking. “I wouldn’t have been able to sleep if I didn’t find her,” said Carolee.

Grace had many injuries after being hit by a FedEx truck.

Three hours later she found Grace about a quarter of a mile away in a swampy area. Grace had a gash on her left front leg, a jagged open wound on her head, and flies covering her face. Carolee carried Grace, all 80 pounds of her, out of the mucky water and helped her get to a neighboring house. She called Sandy and they rushed Grace to Newtown Veterinary Specialists where Grace was treated for her injuries.

FedEx driver Zachary Burns said he knocked on Sandy’s door but when he got no answer, he left. Burns was later issued a citation for failure to follow regulations for causing injury or death to a dog. Chris Stanley, FedEx Corporate spokesman, said Friday FedEx intends to work directly with Paisley. “We do offer our sincerest apologies,” Stanley said. “I am a dog owner. We’re all dog lovers around here. And we don’t want anything like this to happen.”

Grace is back home where she belongs. She’s recovering well and is being pampered and spoiled. Sandy gives Carolee credit for saving Grace and said, “”If there was ever a person who was born for this job, it is Carolee.”

5 thoughts on “Saving Grace”

  1. I’m so glad to know that Grace is on the mend. The world needs more people like Carolee. She’s a true hero. However, I’m having trouble understanding why FedEx hasn’t fired Zachary Burns. Several years ago I was driving on a busy street at night when a dog ran in front of my car. I slammed on the brakes and the dog continued to run but I was horrified to think that my car might have somehow harmed the dog. I immediately called the police to report the incident and a short while later I was told that the dog, who was a pet that had escaped from his fenced yard, had been found, uninjured. It was a huge relief. I don’t think I could have slept that night if I didn’t know that the dog was safely back with his family. I don’t understand how Zachary Burns could act as if nothing had happened after hitting this poor golden. Shame on him, and on FedEx for allowing such a person to continue working at their company.

  2. I totally agree with you Maddy’s mom, he should be fired & charged! He had to know he hit something? He must have heard the dog’s screams! It could have been a child! And how fast was he leaving that driveway? Too fast by the sound of it to do that much damage to the poor golden, sounds like she was dragged. Shameful!

  3. Unbelievable. The driver should have been fired immediately. How do you keep on driving when you can hear an animal screaming beneath your truck?

  4. FEDEX should pay the bill… smart for them….VERY UNSMART if they don’t…..VERY BAD FOR BUSINESS!!!


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