The woman responsible for driving her car through the front façade of an Anchorage veterinarian clinic Monday morning says she isn’t sure how she ended up in the office’s lobby, according to a police report.
Irma Peter, 63, tells police she was attempting to pull her 2002 Volkswagen Beetle into a parking place around 9:30 a.m. to drop off her cat at Southside Animal Clinic when her vehicle accelerated. The resulting error ended with the vehicle coming to a stop inside the reception area of the office.
Police say investigators did not observe any visible signs of impairment with Peter, and no injuries were reported connected to the incident. Peter was cited for careless driving, a non-criminal offense.
Southside will continue to see pet owners throughout the day Tuesday, but can only fill prescriptions for patients and offer referrals, officials confirmed. The clinic is rescheduling appointments for as early as Wednesday morning.
The clinic’s co-owner, Dr. Dyan Ecklund confirms she has been in contact with contractors to get an understanding of the extent of the damage to the office; however, it is still too early to know how much damage will need to be repaired.
Following the Monday accident, veterinarian employees began calling pet owners to retrieve their pets until the office was able to return to normal functionality. In an interview Monday, Southside veterinarian Pam May explained no animals were harmed as a result of the accident. May also noted none of the animals present at the hospital were in need of critical treatment, nor were any scheduled to be euthanized.