Oklahoma County sheriff helps family who lost their dog in a high-speed chase

After their dog, Red, was killed by a speeding car, the Barrow family got a new friend.
by Jonathan Sutton Published: January 31, 2014

AS RYAN Underwood pushes his toy car toward his new dog, the small animal drops down on its front legs and lets out a playful bark.

Ryan, 3, giggles and continues to push the car around, enjoying his new friend, Chili, who appears to be a Chihuahua mix.

“He and Red always used to do that,” said Sarah Barrow, Ryan's mother. “Red would lie on the floor and Ryan would drive that car all over him. He and my daughter (Sarenna) would try to ride him like a horse.”

Red, a 2-year-old Chow and Rottweiler mix, was killed last weekend when a couple trying to evade police sped down W Sheridan in a stolen vehicle and hit him.

Oklahoma County sheriff deputies later arrested Richard Simpson, 30, and Samantha Norman, 23, in connection with three stolen vehicles.

Ryan, Sarah and her husband, Chad Barrow, were outside talking with TV reporters when Red was hit. Sarah ran over to Red and had a close call with the car driven by a deputy pursuing the stolen vehicle.

But when she got to him, there was nothing she could do. Chad took Ryan inside.

“I didn't want him to see his dog like that,” he said.

Red had been a part of the family for just under a year. He was a stray that started coming around the house when Sarah was pregnant with her son Tyler, who is 5 months old. Eventually they decided to take him in.

After seeing what happened to Red, Sarah said Ryan was inconsolable for the next several days.


by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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