Pet taxi driver killed in crash while transporting dog to vet

KANSAS CITY – David Hosch has dedicated his life in recent years to animals.

“As far as I’m concerned, every animal I transport becomes my animal,” Hosch wrote on his Sunflower Animal Transport website. “Even if it’s only for a short time.”

Hosch, 39, started the pet taxi business in 2019 and has traveled across the country to save animals, KSHB reported. He died Monday, along with one of the many dogs he had helped, in an accident in Douglas County, Kansas.

Man was loved by animals shelters across Kansas City area.

“He’s come thousands of extra miles for us,” Judy Katterhenrich, a volunteer who coordinates animal transportation at Always & Furever in Spring Hill, Kansas, told KSHB. “So when a dog is adopted out of state and needs to be transported, he is the one to take him, and sometimes he will do that at any time.”

Hosch was taking Annabelle, one of the Spring Hill Sanctuary dogs who was staying with a foster family, to a veterinary clinic in Lawrence when her van collided with a tractor-trailer. The semiconductor, a 66-year-old man, was injured in the crash but is expected to survive, according to KSHB.

Shannon Smith, who works for the Kansas City English Bulldog Rescue, told KSHB that Hosch’s death “made the rescue world a little dark.” Bulldogs were among Hosch’s favorites, and he’s helped carry over a dozen of them over the years, Smith said.

“David greeted them in his van and showered them with love and affection, and promised them that they were on their way to the best life of their lives. And he was the person to get them there, and he has done it over and over again. “

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