A puppy that was tossed out of the window of a single cab moving truck was rescued and will be undergoing surgery for a broken femur and pelvis on Thursday.
Jessy Wall said she witnessed the dog being thrown out the window while she was traveling northbound on Interstate 15 last week.
She said it appeared like someone threw out a couch pillow from the second to the left lane — directly into traffic — but she soon realized it was a little, black and white dog. She said:
I stopped, I pulled over and I started waving my arms like a crazy person. I didn’t want to run out into traffic in the middle of I-15 but just trying to get people to slow down.
She pulled over near 4500 South where she witnessed the incident and called the police because the puppy was blocking traffic.
Wall didn't get a license plate number from the vehicle or file a police report. However, Animal Services Manager for West Jordan City Dan Etchel confirmed it had been notified from Advanced Veterinary Care that it was treating a dog that had either jumped or was pushed out of a moving vehicle on June 4.
"Either it was an accident and they just didn’t care, or it was on purpose. Either way, he doesn’t deserve to be with that family,” Wall said.
The driver of the moving van never turned around. The 10-week-old Blue Heeler was taken immediately to Advanced Veterinary Care. The dog was later transferred to Herding Haven, a local sheep dog rescue.
“This is probably the worst case we’ve had,” said Kathie Beals, president of Herding Haven.
The puppy was kept in "stray hold" for five days to allow the owners to claim him. No one ever did. With Beals' help, Wall is now fostering the puppy, who she's named Avett.
Dr. Will Becker at Granite Veterinary Specialists is doing corrective surgery on Avett on Thursday, but there is a chance that surgery may go beyond bone repair. Wall said:
We’ve heard from the doctor that waiting a week might have caused complications, which might require they re-break the leg or maybe even amputate it.