JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Joseph Odiwo said he was leaving a Jacksonville supermarket on Monday when he and his dog were both hit by a car.
His dog Zaria was killed. Odiwo was taken to a hospital for treatment where he spoke to News4Jax on Tuesday evening.
“I think my dog tried to save me,” said Odiwo.
The surveillance video shows Odiwo when he arrived at the Safari Food Store around 7:36 p.m. on Monday. He wraps his dog’s leash around a concrete pole before using the ATM.
“When I came back, he all jumped on me and was happy,” said Odiwo.
As he was preparing to take off, the car approached.
“A friend of mine was behind me yelling, ‘Watch out! ‘And when I looked up, my dog jumped up and the car was right next to me, ”said Odiwo.
According to Odiwo, a woman and a man got out of the car. The Jacksonville sheriff’s office said they were both shot while driving on Crestwood Road.
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Odiwo says Zaria was loving and protective.
“He sees me in the morning and jumps so high,” said Odiwo. “So happy to see me.”
Odiwo said his foot was injured in the accident and that he had undergone an operation. He said it could take six to eight weeks for him to fully recover.
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