JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It was a devastating day for Paco after his human, Kelly Black, was tragically hit by a truck while they were on a walk. Black died at the scene but Paco refused to leave her side. He was so distraught that he continued to lay in the same spot for hours after Black’s body was removed.
It was in the early morning hours that Black, 42, was walking Paco, a rescue from Hurricane Katrina, when she was hit by a big rig truck and dragged to her death. Paco, who was unhurt, stayed by her side until family members came to get him.
The driver has yet to be found and currently there are no witnesses.
Black’s brother, Troy Bostick, is hoping that the now viral photos of Paco will encourage the driver to come forward.
“If someone could just come forward with any bit, any type of information, it could be helpful to ease the family’s mind,” Bostick told the NY Daily News. “I’ve owned a trucking company for more than 20 years and I’ve had no sleep since this happened. I can’t understand how something this traumatic could happen and nobody sees it, nobody knows anything.”
Since the accident, Paco has shown little interest in going outside and eating.
“He hasn’t really left the house since this happened. He knows how to open doors and gates, and he’s normally out in the yard, but I think he knows she’s gone,” said Bostick.
Black’s family hopes that surveillance from a local gas station will help shed some light on what happened to their beloved family member. For now, they are focusing on making sure Paco knows he is loved.
“For a while he wouldn’t eat. He just started eating yesterday.”