LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A driver left their damaged car on Paws 4 the Cause's property in Lexington Monday night after veering off Newtown Pike, driving through a fence and a garden causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Lexington Police called the organization to let them know they opened an investigation late Monday.
"We found the person's car, abandoned. So, what we think happened was, and he came across the railroad tracks," said Paws 4 the Cause President Anita Spreitzer. "And this is about the fourth time this has happened with different cars in this area. Actually, I think a year ago a pedestrian was killed on the other side of the road. So this is becoming a very hazardous area right now."
She said she hopes the city will come and investigate the stretch of Newtown Pike where their building is as she thinks crashes this year prove speeding is an issue.
Paws 4 the Cause helps rescue animals from all over Kentucky and then helps place them with a loving family.
Spreitzer said she is heartbroken by the damage to the property.
"This was a project that we've been working on for the full year -- it is our Memorial Garden," she said. "And in the back here is our dog play area for our dogs that come in so they have a place to go out and potty, and play and do different things, and it's been a project the love for the past two years to get it completed. And we're devastated."
The damage is another mounting issue caused by the pandemic, creating more anxiety for the organization.
"The donations and the fundraisers that we usually do that help us get through the winter has not happened because of the pandemic. And we just started an expansion project so we can bring in more dogs," Spreitzer said. "In the past two years, there's been four big rescues that have no longer exist because of the fact that they couldn't keep up with funding. So we had to step it up. And now this is going to really put us behind so we're asking anybody that can help right now."
If you know anything about the accident or recognize the car in these photos, Spreitzer asks that you call Paws 4 the Cause at 859-962-8256.