UPDATE: WSAZ goes behind the wheel with Walmart joyriding dogs and their owner

UPDATE 8/3/16 @ 10:55 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – They’re by far the most famous dogs “out Wayne.”

Last Friday, Sadie and Peppi were caught on camera driving their owner's Ford Crown Victoria in the Wayne Walmart parking lot -- with little Sadie actually turning the wheel before crashing into a wall.

On Wednesday evening, WSAZ’s Tim Irr and Brittany Hoke took a little joy ride with Sadie and Peppi, along with their owner and her daughter, who have a quite a story to tell.

The story we first reported Friday has been shared all over the country and beyond.

Shoppers say the accident played out like a scene straight from a cartoon.

Sadie’s and Peppi’s owner left her car running in the parking lot so they could stay cool while she went in and shopped. But the apparently impatient dogs somehow knocked the car out of gear, and it went rolling right into the front of the building.

“Only in Wayne County could something like that happen," shopper Tiffany Bowen of Lavalette said.

Surveillance video of the incident was released Monday night to WSAZ, showing the car rolling toward the building and onlookers headed to the car -- only to find a canine behind the wheel.

Hundreds of comments about the story were posted on our Facebook page, and the puns just kept coming.

“He was just having a ‘ruff’ day,” one viewer wrote, while another wrote, “The dog had to be texting.”



UPDATE 8/1/16 @ 6 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A story we first reported Friday has been getting shared all over the country and beyond.

Shoppers say a car accident at the Wayne Walmart played out like a scene straight from a cartoon.

Friday afternoon, an elderly woman left her car running in the parking lot so her two dogs could stay cool while she went in and shopped, but the apparently impatient dogs somehow knocked the car out of gear, and it went rolling right into the front of the building.

"Only in Wayne County could something like that happen," shopper Tiffany Bowen from Lavalette said.

Surveillance video of the incident was released Monday night to WSAZ, showing the car rolling toward the building and onlookers headed to the car -- only to find a canine behind the wheel.

Hundreds of comments have been posted on the story on our Facebook page. You knew the puns were coming.

A few of the highlights include, "He was just having a ruff day," "The dog wanted to see falling prices," and "The dog had to be texting."

Amanda Clark co-owns a vet service and pet training center across from the Wayne Walmart.

"It never occurred to us to teach them how to drive a car," she said.

Clark says the best advice to keep your four-legged friends from attempting a similar stunt is to not bring your pets along at all if you're going to a place where they can't join you.

"We definitely don't want you to leave your pet in a car if it's not running, and apparently if the car is running, that's not a good idea either," she said.

The damage to both the Walmart and the car was very minimal, and the deputy who responded to the scene said no official report was filed.

The woman drove home with her dogs following the accident, the deputy said.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/29/16
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Shoppers couldn't believe who was behind the wheel after a car crashed into the Wayne Walmart on Friday.

A witness tells WSAZ she was standing in front of the store when she noticed a car started moving from its parking space at the front of the lot in her direction.

The woman says the car slowly moved straight toward her, and she at first guessed the driver was someone she knew who was messing with her.

That is until she noticed the face of the driver was a dog's.

The woman got out of the way, and the car crashed into the store.

She says a second dog was in the passenger seat, and after the wreck that dog somehow managed to roll the window down.

The store paged the owner of the car, who turned out to be a woman the witness described as looking to be in her late 70s.

The car owner said she left the car running while she went into the store so the dogs could stay cool, and the dog had managed the get the car out of park.

An employee with the store said the dogs were fine and there was minimal damage done to both the building and car.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene.

The owner was able to drive the car home after the crash.




 
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