Stranger comes to dog’s aid after Gorham crash


GORHAM — Aided by a kind stranger, a Steep Falls dog frightened and injured in a midnight car crash last month is spending the holiday season recuperating, lame but miraculously alive.

The stranger coming upon the crash scene rescued a confused Murray, delivering him to an animal emergency clinic. While Murray, a 45-pound Lab mix, survived the crash and trauma, he still might need more medical treatment.

Murray was riding in a Saturn with his owner Richard Ames of Steep Falls, 18,  at 11:55 p.m. on Nov. 11 when the car collided with another vehicle at the intersection of South Street and County Road, according to police.

Ames was injured and treated at the scene and released.  Murray sustained neck and shoulder injuries, a family member said this week.

Police said two females in the other vehicle, the 25-year old driver and a passenger in a Chevrolet Cruze suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital. There were also three men in the Chevrolet.

Tow truck operator John Dumbrocyo said this week that Ames’ vehicle was totaled. “It got hit so hard the motor was almost in the front seat,” Dumbrocyo said.

The benevolent stranger, a man whose name was not made public this week, proved to be Murray’s hero. The stranger stopped to take the panic-stricken and hurt Murray and his owner to the Animal Emergency and Specialty Care on Warren Avenue in Portland. They arrived at the animal emergency clinic on Nov. 12 shortly after midnight.

Ames could not be reached this week. His mother, Sharon Ames, said that Murray, before the stranger picked him up, had panicked and started to flee. “It was traumatic for him,” she said.

She said the stranger had arrived on the scene within minutes of the crash.

The stranger lent her son a hand in catching and comforting Murray. “He helped my son calm him down,” she said.

Sharon Ames said Murray spent a couple of days in the doggie hospital and suffered a lot of pain from his injuries. “He was on powerful meds for awhile,” she said.

She praised Murray’s care at the animal emergency facility. “The hospital was wonderful,” she said. “They were good.”

Murray, a rescue dog who had once spent 10 months in a shelter before arriving in Maine,  was adopted by her son just three days following his arrival here. “He’s a wonderful dog,” she said.

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