This a reflective post about the live video I shared on Friday. Connor was a loose dog along the Cherry Creek trail who avoided animal protection officers and then ultimately got hit by a car. Connor was euthanized shortly after being hit because of severe spinal injuries.
Over that last few days I’ve dwelled much on Friday’s horrible incident.
I’ve avoided talking about it with people as my consciousness battles with itself through feelings of guilt and regret.
The image of Connor in the middle of the road is painfully hard to forget and I confess I feel responsibility for sharing something so tragic before a mass audience.
Perhaps this public post will help air out the circumstances of this horrible situation and help me, as selfish as this may sound, come to terms with my role in making this so public.
When the sirens screamed past my office window and when I heard there was a dog stuck in the rushing water, my inherent reaction as a reporter was to dash outside and capture the moment.
I was expecting a dramatic rescue as I made my way to the water. I saw the fire department’s rescue crews ready to take action.
As I began my live broadcast, it became quickly clear the audience was captivated by Connor’s situation. Thousands of observers through the feed invested much emotion into the poor animal as things unfolded in real time.
As many of you unfortunately saw in the live video, after Connor fled the field of view and entered Speer Boulevard, I came upon him in the middle of the road after being hit by a car. This was captured in the feed.
Hindsight tells me maybe I should have panned away from the disturbing image or cut the live feed.
I don’t know if what I did and captured was appropriate.
With 1,000+ viewers currently watching and commenting every second, perhaps I became more focused on the needs of the audience to receive a documented ending to what they invested in.
I’m not sure if I handled the situation correctly and to be absolutely honest, I’ve been plagued by the thought that it was quite absurd of me to even begin broadcasting in the first place.
I’ve received a phenomenal amount of feedback about the situation.
Some of it is quite ugly, including this message below from a viewer. I must admit I was defensive in response to this guy as I opened up my inbox as I left the scene.
For those of you who saw this unfold, I’d like to apologize about what you saw.
But most of all, I hope the family who lost Connor will find strength. I can’t imagine losing my dog in a tragic situation and I know I’d be devastated.
If there is any scant crumb of value out of this incident, I do sincerely hope the thousands of people who saw this will double check their fences and doors.