Cypress View Veterinary Clinic receives minor damage after vehicle hits building

By Charles Lefebvre
May 14, 2019 - 3:00pm Updated: May 14, 2019 - 7:13pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — The Cypress View Veterinary Clinic was the victim of a car crashing into its building on Monday.

The clinic posted photos of the damage from the incident to their Facebook page on Monday, after a vehicle hit the building near the rehabilitation wind of the clinic

According to Tammy Duggan, director of administration with the clinic, the collision happened Monday afternoon, but wasn’t noticed by staff until 5 p.m.

“It was very busy yesterday afternoon, so we never even heard anything,” she said. “When some of our staff members went to leave, they noticed there was an odd dent in the building.”

The damage isn’t as visible on the outside, with some brick damaged and tire marks present on the sidewalk. Inside the building, the drywall is pushed inside and cracked in spots, and a piece of equipment used to help pets with movement rehabilitation was damaged, but Duggan says will likely be an easy repair.

“It doesn’t look like very much, but I’m sure to get the building back to where it should be, it will be some significant construction work on it,” said Duggan.

Medicine Hat police were called Monday night to investigate.

Duggan says she has no hard feelings towards the driver of the vehicle involved, but wishes they told her about the collision before driving away.

“Accidents happen,” she said. “None of us plan on having an accident, so to just come forward and say, ‘yes, this happened,’ that would have been a good thing to do. But, at the same time, people are scared, we get it.”

It’s the second time Cypress View veterinary clinic has been hit by a vehicle in its history, says Duggan, noting they had a vehicle come through the front of their building in 2012.

Acting Traffic Sergeant Darren Holeha with the Medicine Hat Police Service says they located a Medicine Hat woman that allegedly drove her vehicle into the building.

The woman was issued a ticket for failure to remain at the scene of a collision, and will have to appear in court in August.

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