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Family: Package Hurled by FedEx Driver Crushed Dog

Yorkshire terrier Cooper was euthanized
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2019 7:39 AM CST
A FedEx driver delivers a package in Charleston, W.Va. on Aug. 23, 2017.   (Kenny Kemp/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

(Newser) – A California couple wants FedEx drivers to stop throwing packages after one such parcel reportedly left their dog critically injured. Cooper, a 4-pound Yorkshire terrier, was in the yard of the Venice home of Keiko Napier and Mitchell Galin on Saturday when a box containing a heavy glass bowl and a Scrabble game was thrown over their fence and landed on her, per Inside Edition. "I immediately picked up the box, and Cooper was in a puddle of blood," Galin tells CBS Los Angeles. The couple ultimately chose to euthanize the dog as she had suffered serious injuries to her lungs and liver. "It was painful to watch your dog in pain," says Galin.

FedEx offered "deepest sympathies" and said it would investigate the family's claim that a FedEx driver had hurled the box over a fence. But "to me that's not satisfactory," says Napier. "I feel they need to say they're going to institute a corporate-wide mandate that drivers cannot throw packages," she adds. "The package was so heavy, should it have struck one of us, it would've caused damage—very very severe damage." In a later statement to People, FedEx said it "deeply regrets the pain that this has caused the family" and is "working directly with those involved to address concerns, including covering Cooper's veterinary bills." (Read more FedEx stories.)

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