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Car plows into Southside Animal Hospital

By Heather Hintze 6:09 PM June 9, 2014
Anchorage, AK –

Staff at Southside Animal Hospital in Anchorage are counting their blessings after a car smashed through the front of their building at around 9:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Technician Emily Hall was one of four employees behind the counter when it happened.

“If the car would have come in at a different angle or anything it could have been a whole different story,” she said.

Hall said she noticed the car in the parking lot, then saw it jump the curb. Two of her co-workers had their heads down and didn’t see it coming.

“Celia got pushed backwards by the counter. She heard the noise,” explained Hall. “I saw it jump the curb but I didn’t really have time to react besides just go like, ‘what?’ and stand up. And Melissa screamed. Melissa’s a screamer,” she laughed.

Staff called owners to come pick up their pets. One dog will need to have surgery for an abscess rescheduled; another was in the middle of an operation during the wreck.

“I was doing surgery on her and you could hear this huge crash, the glass crashing,” said Dr. Dyan Ecklund. “I ran up front and there was a car in the reception area and my receptionists underneath the front counter.”

Once they realized everyone was fine, staff whipped out their phones to document the damage.

Luckily it was a slow day and there was no one in the waiting area.

“I’m grateful no one was hurt because this all can be fixed,” said Ecklund. “It’s nothing. Glass and counter tops and that’s it.”

The clinic will be close for repairs on Tuesday but is expected to reopen Wednesday.

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