Wayside Christian Mission tortoise in critical condition after being run over by car
Spike, a 15-year-old African-spurred tortoise that's been staying at Wayside, has been very visible in the community because of his daily walks.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A well-known local tortoise is hurt after being run over by a car. Spike, a 14-year-old African-spurred tortoise is in ICU at Shively Animal Hospital. He lives at Wayside Christian Mission and is seen around town on his daily walks.
Nina Moseley with Wayside says a car hit Spike yesterday along Jackson Street in their parking lot. William Duncan is Spike's caretaker and says the 125 pound tortoise was eating grass then moved across the lot. Duncan saw the woman driving in the parking lot and says, "I yelled as loud as I could, but she couldn't hear me of course, by that time... she had hit spike."
He says, "The front wheels went over Spike, drug him a little bit about 10-15 feet and I heard his shell crack, so he was pinned under the car."
Police helped jack up the woman's car and Duncan got him out. Wayside says Spike was taken to the animal hospital with a police escort.
The woman who ran over Spike is a weekly volunteer who helps children.
Duncan says, "She was very upset that's putting it mildly. She was crying I was trying to tell her it wasn't her fault. It was just an accident and if it was anyone's fault I was partly at fault for not watching Spike closer." Moseley says the woman had thought she hit a rock.
The 14-year-old African-spurred tortoise is the mascot at Wayside Christian Mission often seen walking around town.
Moseley says, "They put him back together as best they could last night. This morning they said they had him walking a little and the side crack that they were able to put back together pulled apart."
Spike does have internal injuries. His shell is being repaired with acrylic and wire.
Nina Moseley with Wayside says when she first got Spike for her son, the tortoise was only 4 inches long.
She's now asking for prayers.
Moseley and Duncan took Spike his favorite foods, salad and apples. The animal hospital says it's important that Spike eats, but he would only take one bite from the apple.
Moseley says, "We are going to do what we can for Spike. He's been a part of our family, one of our kids." The cost of Spike's care at the animal hospital is still being added up. She thinks right now, they don't need any additional help. But she says people can always donate to Wayside Christian Mission.
The Shively Animal Hospital says it'll be several weeks before they know if Spike will survive. Moseley says, "It's still touch and go."
A GoFundMe page has been made to go toward Spike's medical expenses. To contribute, click here.
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