Dog Miraculously Survives After Being Struck by Car, Trapped in Grille for 45-Minute Ride

Dogs are amazing pets that anyone can love, regardless of their life situation. Most people who really love their pets would put the needs of their four-legged friends before their own if times get tough— but even then, accidental incidents can cause many problems.

Most people have saved up at least a small amount of emergency cash, but it’s never fun dropping $4,000 on something— especially when it’s an unforeseen expense due to a freak accident.

Originally from North Carolina, Kathleen Davis told WNCN she is inseparable from her shiba inu, Coco.

“She does everything with me,” Davis stated. “We do everything together.”

One day, in the backyard of the house she was in New York, Davis let her dog go to the bathroom.

She said she was told the next thing she knew she would have to come up with $4,000 to get her dog back — but what happened between the time Coco was let out and the time she was picked up by animal control is an unbelievable story.

Apparently, the savvy dog found her way out of the backyard and into the big blue yonder. Taking herself for a stroll, she ended up somehow on the road where she was hit via car by an unknown female driver.

According to the police in Rotterdam as reported in the Daily Gazette, the driver knew she had hit something, but thought it was a ball.

“She stopped as well as some other motorist,” Rotterdam Police Lieutenant Jeffrey Collins told WNCN. “She checked her vehicle realized there was damage to the front but didn’t realize she had struck the dog.”

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So, after evaluating the situation and finding nothing, she did what any other driver would have done: she kept driving. She drove for 45 minutes until something extraordinary happened.

She heard something strange coming from her car’s front and pulled back to check. She saw the cute little puppy in her car this time, and she dialed 911 immediately.

The extraction effort required Patty Perez, a police officer and animal control officer.

“One of our officers was able to free the dog from the car by pressing down the scoop and allowing the dog to come out,” Collins said.

“I was able to get the catch pole around the dog’s neck inside the bumper,” Perez told the Times Union. “She stood up so I knew she wasn’t really badly injured.”

“There was a little tiny piece of plastic where the bumper wraps underneath the car and she was actually sitting on that tiny piece of plastic,” Perez explained. “She’s a small dog so luckily she almost fit in there almost perfectly.”

Coco had been wounded during her incredible journey.

It was found that at least one of her elbows had been fractured at Hernas Veterinary Clinic and would require expensive surgery.

“She came to us with a shattered elbow,” Noella Lafreniere said. “To be honest, I can’t believe she survived it.”

Being in the middle of difficult times and herself disabled, Davis has kicked off a GoFundMe to help raise the money for Coco’s surgery, according to The Toronto Sun.

“I can’t get her back unless I fix her,” Davis said, tearfully. “Unless I have her surgery done.”

“She got hit by a car that broke her right hip and her right leg,” Davis wrote on the GoFundMe page, which has raised several thousand dollars already, according to The Toronto Sun. “I was told by police that ‘she was stuck in somebody’s grill of their car’ and was taking 15 miles to Schenectady N.Y.”

“She is currently in the pet hospital needing surgery. Can’t afford the whole price she needs to get the surgery. I am also disabled and can’t work. I have a fixed income. She is a ESP dog (emotional support dog). Please help me!”

Thankfully the little dog is alive and well. According to the Daily Gazette, if all goes according to the plan, Davis plans to return home to Thomasville, North Carolina, on Sunday with Coco in tow.

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