A Venice, California family is mourning the death of their beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Cooper, after the 4-pound dog was crushed by a heavy package thrown over their fence by a careless FedEx driver.
Mitchell Galin and Keiko Napier say their 4-pound dog, Cooper, was crushed by a package tossed over the fence by a delivery person in Venice, California. Cooper’s owners say a FedEx delivery person walked up to the wall outside their home with a package containing a heavy glass bowl and a Scrabble game set. The delivery driver allegedly chucked the package over the fence, where Cooper was sunbathing, crushing her beneath the weight.
Galin spotted the heavy box with Cooper trapped beneath, alive but unable to move, laying in a pool of blood. He rushed her to the veterinarian where she was found to have traumatic injuries to her liver and lungs. Galin and Napier made the difficult decision to have Cooper euthanized to end her suffering.
FedEx responded to the incident, stating, “We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the pet involved in this incident. We take this matter very seriously and are working directly with those involved to determine the circumstances behind this event. Based on the outcome of our investigation, we will take the appropriate action.”
“To me, that’s not satisfactory,” Napier told 14News. “I feel they need to say they’re going to institute a corporate-wide mandate that drivers cannot throw packages. That’s what I want to hear. I don’t want to hear ‘we’ll look into it.’”
Napier added that that package was heavy enough that anyone standing in its way, including her grandchildren who play in the yard or her mother who spends time out there gardening, would have been seriously injured.
FedEx delivery drivers and carelessness around dogs is, sadly, not rare. Just last week, a Texas family rushed their 13-year old dog to the veterinarian after he was struck by a FedEx truck, after which the driver simply left the scene.