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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)--A dog is fighting for its life after police say it was thrown out of a car window on Interstate 65. Doctors say the dog has a long and costly road to recovery.
She looks at you with pity, and her eyes are pleading for help. She is going to need a lot of care and surgeries. The border collie has a broken back, broken leg, injury to her lungs, multiple pelvic fractures, and a dislocated hip.
Doctors say she might not make it. "Well, quality of life issue is important, and, worst case, she might not be able to survive this," said Dr. Terri Fowler, with Jefferson Animal Hospital.
Metro Animal Services say the dog was thrown out of a car on I-65 Tuesday, then another car hit the dog, near Crittenden Drive.
After rescuing her, they gave her a fitting name. "Her name is Hope, and of course, hope means a lot of things in her situation. Hope that she recovers, hope for support of her condition and rehabilitation, and hope for a lot of homeless animals in our community," said Jackie Gulbe with Metro Animal Services.
Doctors say there are some good signs for recovery for her spinal injuries. "She does have right now a reflex called deep pain. When I touch her little toes she can kind of respond to me, she can tell me that she feels that. I'm not going to pinch real hard there, but that is an important reflex that speaks high to her spine," said Dr. Fowler, as the dog's ears twitched.
Many people in Louisville are already willing to take her in. "Our phone has been ringing off the hook! And e-mails have been going crazy, so I ask people to please be patient, it's going to be a long road for her recovery so she won't be adoptable anytime soon," said Gulbe.
But the biggest concern right now is healing Hope -- and paying her medical bills.
She has been moved from the Jefferson Animal Hospital, to another trauma clinic, LVSES, or Louisville Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Services, where a special team of doctors will be performing more surgeries.
They tell Fox 41 all operations on the dog could cost more than $12,000.
It is an atrocious case of cruelty, and many people are pulling for Hope. "We do see cruelty, we do see thoughtless acts where people do crazy things that end up in suffering for some poor innocent (animal), but there are a lot of good people out there too," said Dr. Fowler.
Police say the dog was thrown from a small, dark car, possibly a Nissan. Anyone with information should call the anonymous police tipline at 574-LMPD.
If you would like to help pay for Hope's medical bills, you can write a check to The Shamrock Foundation. Make sure and specify that it goes to the Arrow Fund/Hope. You can mail checks to:
Shamrock Foundation Inc.
Arrow Fund/Hope P.O. Box 24033 Louisville, KY 40224
The Humane Society of the United States is also offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for throwing a dog from a moving car on I-65.