Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal
The East Providence Animal Control is on the lookout for the guardian of a dog who survived an 11-mile ride from Massachusetts to Rhode Island after being inadvertently hit by a car.
Wedged under the front grill of a Toyota Camry, the female poodle mix miraculously survived speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.
East Providence Animal Control supervisor William Muggle claims the pooch ran in front of the car on Route 44 near the Segregansett Country Club in Taunton, MA, on Sept. 20. The unaware driver slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting the lost dog, but after not seeing the dog anywhere in sight, he simply continued driving.
Eleven miles later, in Providence, RI, another motorist flagged the man down to notify the driver of the animal wedged in the front of his car.
The driver immediately went to the police station around the corner, where animal control officials were called-in to free the petrified pooch.
“Her front paws were hooked into the bumper, gripping on for dear life,” he said.
She was then taken to East Bay Animal Hospital in Seekonk, RI, where she was initially stabilized.
While doctors originally thought the assumed 6- or 7-year-old bichon frise-poodle mix might have had a ruptured bladder, not a single bone was broken and she is able to walk away from the accident with a minor concussion and a lost tooth.
“She wound up being fine, really,” Muggle said. “Couple of days of pain meds and antibiotics, but that was pretty much it.”
Animal control officers are hoping to reunite the dog with her guardians, but have yet do so as police do not know of any missing dogs that match her description.
The general policy is to wait six days after a dog is delivered to animal control before putting the animal up for adoption, but Muggle has decided to hold out a bit longer in hopes of locating her guardians.
“She’s a lucky dog, super friendly,” Muggle said. “She just wants to sit on your lap all the time and jumps up to give you kisses and lick your face.”
Muggle said people have come by the shelter to drop off gifts for the celebrity dog.
And if her original guardians cannot be found, Muggle is confident that there will be a line of people waiting to adopt her.
Anyone with information about her guardian should contact the East Providence Animal Control Center by phone at 401-435-7675 or by email at [email protected]