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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 08:18 PM

dog doing well after 45 minute drive in bumper

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ROTTERDAM -- A Shiba Inu named Coco survived being struck and embedded in a car grill in Albany, and then traveled all the way to Rotterdam like that with relatively minor injuries, according to police and veterinary officials.

The dog was hit on North Manning Boulevard just before noon Monday, police said. The driver realized the car had hit something, but thought it was a ball, Rotterdam police Lt. Jeffrey Collins said Tuesday.

After stopping and seeing damage but nothing else, the driver left, headed for a body shop in Glenville. But as the driver drove along Helderberg Avenue in Rotterdam, she heard noises from the front of her car, Collins said.

This time when she stopped and looked, she saw a dog staring out from below the license plate, Collins said.

The driver, whom police would not identify, immediately called police. One of the responding Rotterdam officers was able to free the dog.

Amazingly, despite her 45-minute ordeal, the dog appeared largely OK, Collins said. Police released a photo of the dog stuck in the car, editing out the car's plate number to protect the driver's identity.

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Police called in an animal control officer who took the dog to Hernas Veterinary Clinic in Schenectady for treatment. The officer also tracked down the dog's owner in Albany.

Workers at Hernas checked the dog out and X-rays revealed the dog had a broken elbow. She was obviously also sore, but otherwise OK, Hernas employee Tammy Van Valkenburgh said Tuesday. The dog weighs about 16 pounds, she said.

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Reply dog doing well after 45 minute drive in bumper (Original post)
Demovictory9 Oct 30 OP
MagickMuffin Oct 30 #1
LeftInTX Oct 30 #2
ooky Oct 30 #5
LeftInTX Oct 30 #6
Hermit-The-Prog Oct 30 #7
abqtommy Oct 30 #3
Brother Buzz Oct 30 #4
Karadeniz Oct 30 #8

Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 08:30 PM

1. What an ordeal, poor baby


I'm glad they only sustained minor injuries.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 08:55 PM

2. That's a lot of damage for dog which weighs 16 pounds

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 10:10 PM

5. That dog looks a lot bigger than 16 lbs.

That dog's head looks as big as my dog's head and he's close to 80 lbs. Plus, if you enlarge the picture you can see a lot more body. Maybe 60 got confused with 16?

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Response to ooky (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 10:58 PM

6. That particular breed says 22 pounds for a male

Hubby says damage is bad cuz the bumper is plastic.

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Response to ooky (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 11:01 PM

7. compare the dog to the license plate

It's a fairly close-up shot and things closer to the camera appear larger than they are. Might be a wide-angle lens on a phone.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 09:44 PM

3. I suspect that the damage has more to do with the cheap car construction these days than

the size of the dog. It's a good thing the vehicle wasn't a '56 Buick!

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 09:54 PM

4. 5-mph bumpers, Baby!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 11:27 PM

8. Weird things happen...hope the dog has owners who were worried and plan to fix that hole in

The backyard fence!

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