Downed power line kills dog; Owner says she wasn't warned - New York News

Downed power line kills dog; Owner says she wasn't warned

Posted: Updated:

By ROOP RAJ
MyFox Detroit Reporter

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (MyFox Detroit) -- Cassie Mileski's best friend, her dog Izzy, only four years old, was killed after getting shocked by a live wire in the backyard of a Sterling Heights home on Strom Street a little after 10:00 a.m. Monday.

"I want to make sure that I remember her and tell everybody how amazing she was and how she was a very important part of my life," she said.

Hours earlier, neighbors took video of the initial sparking from the downed line. They called 911.

6:30 a.m., Sterling Heights Fire showed up. DTE Energy followed behind. The smoke went away, but the danger did not. All this happened while Mileski was sleeping, then the regular morning wake-up routine began.

"Let her outside, filled up her dog bowls, and then I looked outside the kitchen window and I thought she was having a seizure because I couldn't see anything, and so I ran outside and saw that she was on top of an active power line pretty violently shaking."

Mileski ran outside and tried to save her dog, but it was too late.

"It's hard just watching that because they look helpless and you want to help, but I was getting shocked myself. I could only do so much, and there was just nothing I could do after a point. Those images aren't going to leave me."

Mileski is wondering why DTE didn't leave a note, knock on the door or do something to let her know that there was a problem outside. She also wonders why the power wasn't cut off sooner.

DTE officials told us this is an unfortunate situation where Izzy went out in between the time their crews came to assess the situation in the morning and when they returned to kill the live wire. The company is extending sympathy to Mileski.

"I wish I would've known, have been warned. I would've never, obviously, let my dog outside with a live wire. I keep replaying different things I could've done in my head to try and prevent it, but I don't think there was anything I could've done differently."

"Nothing was marked in my backyard, so there was no way for me to tell anything was going on."

We called officials in the Sterling Heights Fire Department to ask them exactly what happened between DTE and them on that morning. They said at this point the investigation is just underway and they will let us know when it's completed.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Deadly crash in Lincoln Tunnel

    Deadly crash in Lincoln Tunnel

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-09-03 00:15:54 GMT

    Officials say a New Jersey man has died from injuries he suffered in a chain-reaction crash inside one of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel.  Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the 49-year-old Summit resident was among three people hurt in the accident.


    Officials say a New Jersey man has died from injuries he suffered in a chain-reaction crash inside one of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel.  Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the 49-year-old Summit resident was among three people hurt in the accident.



  • CEO resigns Conn. company over dog abuse

    CEO resigns Conn. company over dog abuse

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:05:35 GMT
    Sports catering business Centerplate has announced that its chief executive has resigned following widespread criticism over images from an elevator security camera showing he kicked a friend's dog and pulled...
    Sports catering business Centerplate has announced that its chief executive has resigned following widespread criticism over images from an elevator security camera showing he kicked a friend's dog and pulled hard on...
  • Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:32:13 GMT
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices