Eastern State Hospital security staff execute an early morning pet rescue
Lizzie Kuster Walls, a security guard at Eastern State Hospital, thought her colleagues were pranking her when she entered the security office to start her shift on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 11.
“The note read, ‘There are two dogs in the room.’ So, I open the door, and lo-and-behold, there are two dogs.”
Not long after midnight, the security office began to receive a flurry of phone calls from ESH staff about a pair of dogs seen running loose on campus. In response, security guards Rick Ambrose and Marty Kolkman discovered the pair were fleeing for their lives as they were being pursued by coyotes.
Rick and Marty loaded the dogs to safety and drove them back to the security office at 2:30 a.m., according to their report.
“The night shift does this more often than people realize,” Lizzie says.
Pictures of the dogs were taken and immediately posted to the Facebook group, ‘Medical Lake Pets!’ With 1,200 members, the private group was created to inform and help others with their pet needs, as well as serving as a place for pet owners to find their missing animals.
Lizzie says the security staff always has a stash of snacks for pets that are held here until their owners can retrieve them.
“They took them out to the yard for some exercise,” Lizzie says. For her part, not long after starting her shift at 6:30 a.m., Lizzie got the pair waffles for breakfast. “They were very well-behaved dogs.”
Finally, at roughly 8:30 a.m., the owners arrived at ESH after having seen the dogs on Medical Lake Pets!
The dogs belong to the family of a Fairchild Air Force Base Airman who was recently assigned here. The family obviously was relieved to have their dogs back.
Concluded Lizzie, “We’ve always taken great pride in being a part of the Medical Lake community. We want them to know we’re more than just the hospital on the hill.”