Woman Dies On Highway Trying To Rescue Dog

A Georgia woman died while she was rescuing her dog, Shadow.

Authorities believe that Ellena Hudgins was driving on a South Carolina highway late at night and pulled over to the emergency lane to let Shadow, a coal-colored pug, to relieve himself and to close the top of her convertible car. Shadow jumped out of the car, and Hudgins followed him.

She ran across a couple of highway lanes, retrieved her dog and proceeded to go back to her car when she was hit by a SUV. She was also hit by two other cars and an 18-wheeler. The coroner said she died at the scene.

Shadow sustained an injured chin and a dislocated hip after he was flung to the pavement.

Hudgins’s husband was extremely upset when he heard the news about his wife and saw the dog’s injuries. He was reminded of how he always told his wife to put the dog on a leash.

“If Ellena had just listened to me, that could have been prevented and she would be alive,” he said.

The incident spread among South Carolina residents, and they donated enough money to pay for Shadow’s surgery. Mr. Hudgins said he was extremely touched by the generous gesture.

He spoke of his wife and her relationship with her dog. He said that he was always in her lap and followed her everywhere which is why he named him Shadow. His wife and Shadow would fall asleep together on the sofa watching television.

Mr. Hudgins said that he thinks his wife, who suffered from bipolar and other disorders, became lost and disoriented when she was driving back from taking Shadow to the vet. She was about 100 miles away from home when the incident occurred.

Source: AJC.com

(Thanks Lynn)

8 Responses to “Woman Dies On Highway Trying To Rescue Dog”

  1. Nancy G. says:

    How tragic…

  2. Chris says:

    Always put your dog on leash _before_ opening the door. Always keep a spare leash in your car.

  3. KimS says:

    It’s very sad. So make this a cautionary tale:
    You NEVER pull over on the freeway or busy highway to do ANYTHING.
    The only reasons are for REAL emergencies and if the police pull you over.

    ALSO: Keep your animals on leashes in public. I can’t tell you how many times when walking my dog, a loose dog starts nipping at my dog and the owner runs up and apologizes.
    After taking my dog on 1 small walk, this one loose chihuahua ran up and scared my dog, the owner ran up and apologized and said NO to her dog. Then, no more than 5 minutes later we walked by that same spot and it happened again exactly the same way. I told the owner I had an extra leash if she wanted it. She ignored me.

  4. nora says:

    yes, the rule of always keep a leash on the dog when riding in the car is a huge safety issue. And my small dog (other 3 are considered large) who may jump out, has her loop at the end of the leash looped around the stick shift to avoid any escape from the open window when driving, slowing down or stopping. Poor man, poor dog and poor lady who really loved her dog.

  5. kaefamily says:

    Driving a 100 miles to take her pug to a vet?!! She truly cared for her pup.

    Second Chris’ motion for carrying an extra leash. Our lit’ mutt is so fast at jumping out of our cars. One reasons he does not care for my driving :-/

    KimS, I have run into similar encounters within our neighborhood with the exception that the dogs were three times the size, weight and hair of our lit’ mutt. Still, my mutt was courageous in each incident to protect me! Now a couple of neighbors and I take our walking sticks with us on our daily dog walk in our Dog City! There is a leash law in our town but owners may still walk their pets without leashes as long as the pets are trained to do so. However, if there is a dog attack, the one without a leash is automatically at fault regardless of who is the aggressor. It’s ironic that some pet owners stubbornly refuse to walk their dogs on leash while some others do it with their CATS!

  6. Anna says:

    Quite likely the people who were driving and hit her and the dog are going to be suffering horribly also… this is how to turn a person into someone who votes very restrictively on pet owners rights etc. etc.

    This was completely tragic and completely irresponsible of her at the same time… I would have had the dog pee and crap in my car, and get it cleaned up… this has happened to me with neighbors dogs I’ve taken to vets who were in the car on a leash - you always have a littler pad - big deal, there’s this thing called soap and water - who the heck stops and lets anything living out of the car on a highway except in a DIRE emergency … leashed pet or unleashed human…

  7. Lynne says:

    As a South Carolina resident I’m not surprised she was hit. I encounter speeding trucks and SUVs daily. These people drive like there’s no tomorrow… and for this Georgia woman there isn’t.
    I travel two “country roads” on the way to work each day. On both, I’m tailgated while going the speed limit (in the dark) by trucks and SUVs. There is no way they could stop or avoid hitting the numerous deer and occasional dog that wander into the road. Apparently that never occurs to them.

  8. Sharon says:

    She was hit by four different vehicles. How fast were they going and why didn’t they stop? People are sick.


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