Sheriff's Office seeks tips after hit-and-run driver injures guide dog; interview opportunity available

Date

Please reference CCSO Case #19-002406

Tiffany and SapphireThe Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips after a hit-and-run driver struck and injured a guide dog on Jan. 29.

At about 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, Tiffany Taylor and her guide dog Sapphire were crossing SE Monterey Ave. in a crosswalk near the Clackamas Town Center. An unknown vehicle struck Sapphire as she led Ms. Taylor across the street.

The vehicle missed Taylor, but Sapphire sustained severe head trauma and a leg injury.

Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the scene, and quickly transported Sapphire and Tiffany to a local animal hospital. Sapphire remains under the care of staff at the hospital; the dog is currently sedated, and veterinarians are reportedly working to save Sapphire's leg.

Ms. Taylor is visually impaired and depends on Sapphire for mobility. Sapphire is a 4-year-old Golden Labrador, and has served as Tiffany’s guide dog for about a year. Sapphire was provided to Taylor by Guide Dogs for the Blind.

A photo of Ms. Taylor and Sapphire is attached.

Tips Sought

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help to locate the suspect vehicle and driver who hit Sapphire and fled the scene.

Anyone with information on the crime -- which occurred around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 -- is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 503-723-4949 or by using the online tip form. Please reference CCSO Case #19-002406.

Interview Opportunity

Tiffany Taylor is willing to speak to local media outlets. To contact her, please email the acting PIO. NOTE TO MEDIA: Please contact the acting PIO by email only.

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