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Garwood Resident Rushes To Save Injured Dog From Oncoming Traffic

After witnessing a small dog get hit by a vehicle on North Avenue, a 21-year-old woman acted quickly to get the animal out of harm's way.

As she ran out onto North Avenue at the brink of rush hour traffic Wednesday afternoon, Kathryn Quattrocchi only had one thought going through her mind — saving the life of a small dog that had just been hit by an oncoming car.

The 21-year-old, who was outside taking a break from her job at Massage Envy, didn't think of her own personal safety. She didn't focus on the cars that were hastily traveling up and down the busy roadway. Her only though was to get to the small terrier as quickly as possible and get him out of harm's way before he sustained further injury.

Just after 4 p.m., the dog and his owner were across the street in the Shop Rite parking lot when the owner apparently lost his grip on the dog's leash. The animal dashed into oncoming traffic on the 500-block of North Avenue and was accidentally struck by an SUV. As the vehicle pulled over and the police were contacted, the dog's cries caused employees and customers of nearby businesses to run outside and check on the animal's well-being.

"I was standing outside, and I saw the dog running from ShopRite and ran out into the street to grab the dog, and almost got hit by at least three cars. The dog's leg got caught under the tire," Quattrocchi said just minutes after the incident.

As police spoke to the dog's owners, Quattrocchi continued to cradle the shaking animal, petting him until he calmed down and refusing to let go until she was assured that he would be taken to an animal hospital for treatment.

"I just felt so bad for him," said Quattrocchi, who is is daughter of Garwood Mayor Patricia Quattrocchi. The dog's leg appeared to be badly injured as a result of the accident.

The mayor, who hadn't yet heard of the incident until contacted by Patch, said she's not at all surprised by her daughter's heroic actions.

"I'm not surprised that Katy did that. Katy is a very caring, generous, young lady. I'm very proud of her," the mayor said of her daughter, who she says is an animal lover, just like her father.

Shortly after Garwood police arrived, the dog was taken by the family to the nearby Westfield Veterinary Group. It is not yet known if the driver of the vehicle who struck the animal was issued any summonses.

faith October 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM
katy thank u so much for saving this dog. great job. glad u r ok to.
b paterson October 18, 2012 at 03:29 AM
katy for president! you acted bravely.
Kari October 18, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Thank God for caring people like Katy.
Sue Rothman October 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Thank you
bill schrul October 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Great story. Awesome job Katy...you have a very bright future.
Monk October 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Doesn't quattrocchi translate to "four eyes"? But she doesn't look like a nerd. A well-cared for dog is the most grateful, appreciative companion you could ever want.
Lara C October 18, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Very touching. Katy should be commended. We need more caring people like her in this world. Thank you for caring Katy.
Jill Q Public October 18, 2012 at 03:00 PM
You are a terrific young woman and thanks for helping an injured dog. I hope he recovers quickly! Katy for President!
billy October 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Any news about the condition of the dog?
Elaine October 18, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Katy, thank you for caring & doing the right thing! The world needs more people like you.
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Billy, I haven't heard anything. He appeared to have a broken leg and was being taken to the vet. He seemed fine otherwise, once he stopped shaking. I can only assume they treated the little guy and sent him home.
kathryn quattrocchi October 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
i actually called the animal hospital to check up on the pup and he was stable!
barbara m October 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Katy, bless you.....you're a wonderful young lady.
Mar October 19, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Katy, you!re my kind of hero!! xo
Maria October 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM
WOW! What a heroic act!!! I have a Yorkie too and this is my constant scare! Thank you to Katy I wish there were many more like you!
Kathy October 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I'd love to hear an update on this little guy. It will be a great day when he is all patched up and back to normal. Katy, thank you for doing such a wonderful thing!

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