Two dogs die following a FedEx delivery to a rescue group

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - There's plenty of room to play for the dogs at Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue.  The ball toss leads to a cool down in the shade or bucket of water.

In fact, there's too much room since two dogs are now gone from the rescue, not by choice.

Thursday was a sad day for Sarah Ruckelshaus who has run the Rescue in Chestertown since 1997.  She has placed 1,700 dogs.

Her mission was the same for Yogi and Scot until a delivery of dog food lead to their final run.

"He was coming up the driveway fast enough that as I heard him coming up, I got up and ran to the door because I knew it was bad, dogs out," said Ruckelshaus.

It happened in the blink of an eye.  A FedEx driver dropping off the dog food came through her front gate, giving the two puppies time to make a dash onto busy Chestertown Road.

"I said what were you thinking, didn't you see the dogs? Oh I saw the dogs. Then why did you come in the gate? He said cause that's what they told me to do. I said are you telling me that they told you to come in the gate whether you saw dogs or not," said Ruckelshaus.

Ruckelshaus started to call out names until it dawned on her that the dogs probably got out.  She says delivery drivers typically pull up right in front of her gate. They put her package in a big bag and then put it over the fence. That didn't happen on Thursday, when the deliveryman took more liberty and opened the gate and came onto her property.

That decision cost her two dogs that were on their way to being great pets for some family.  But for now, they were her dogs, her babies.

"Yogi, he was a heart dog. From the time he was a puppy, he would follow me," said Ruckelshaus.

Her sadness turned to anger after a few days.  She has reached out to FedEx and so have we. 

A statement was e-mailed from a spokesman saying, "We recognize how dear our pets are to us and FedEx Ground takes these matters very seriously. FedEx is currently investigating this incident and we are working with the family during this difficult time."

Ruckelshaus says she went out onto the road and picked up the bodies herself.  No one stopped to help, including the FedEx driver.

"Maybe there's some legal reason why a driver can't get out of his truck. I want to know what that is. I want to know why there's some legal reason someone can't be a human," said Ruckelshaus.  

All she wants from FedEx is for their drivers to stop and think before coming onto someone's gated property.  That move would keep all the tails wagging at Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue.

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