Woman claims motel let dog escape onto freeway where it was killed

Posted at 7:01 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 22:20:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A heartbroken dog owner is demanding answers from a motel in Mission Valley.

Mary Prevost left her 4-year-old German Shepherd alone her room Saturday night when she went to dinner then found out later it had been hit and killed on Interstate 8.

“I opened my door and my dog wasn’t there,” said Prevost, “I ran down to the front desk and said my dog wasn’t there and the woman said around 8:30 they had seen a dog running around in the parking lot.”

Prevost says the motel staff said they tried calling her but they had dialed the wrong number.

The dog owner then drove around Mission Valley as Saturday night turned into Sunday morning — then animal control rang.

“She apologized and said that a dog that fit my description with a red collar had been hit on the highway and she was on the side of the road,” said Prevost through tears.

“I planned to take her to Coronado beach the next day and instead I picked her up dead on the highway,” said Prevost

Prevost had 4-year-old Valkyrie cremated on Sunday, but now she is grappling with Motel 6 management about how this happened.

Prevost says the motel's risk managers told her the dog likely opened up the door on its own.

“If they just called me or animal control or the police,” said Prevost, ”I could have gotten her because she was alive.”

She says the hotel has video of the dog wandering the motel and the parking lot, but they won’t let her see it.

Motel 6 has denied multiple requests by 10News for comment.

Prevost says it just doesn’t seem fair to blame the dog.

“The problem is even if she got the door open,” said Prevost, “they just let her go.”