Dog tossed from moving pickup (Video)
June 25, 2013 at 1:25 a.m.
Updated June 26, 2013 at 1:26 a.m.
He was thrown from a pickup driving down U.S. Highway 59 and survived.
And when the pickup's driver made a loop back around to the same spot, the abandoned dog, now named Falcon, tried to limp back to it.
"When the truck came back, it was just the way Falcon acted - he tried to run after it and cried. It was so sad, so, so sad. They stopped at the stop sign for the longest time, and they stayed there, looking at us," described 20-year-old Kelsey Broderick of Goliad Pet Adoption.
Working for a shelter, Broderick said rescuing unwanted animals is standard.
But when she got the call June 7 about a dog thrown from a traveling pickup, she was shocked.
Though the no-kill shelter was already at capacity, Broderick said she immediately left to help the witnesses find the injured pup, who had rolled several times when pushed out of the truck and into tall grass.
The witnesses got a description of the pickup and reported the incident to the Goliad County Sheriff's Office.
"The whole way over there, I had no idea what I was going to tell my boss because we are full. We cut off intake. But he was hurt. ... 'I was like, man, we can't just not do anything,'" Broderick said.
Dawn Blackmon, president of Goliad Pet Adoption, said she couldn't turn Falcon away, either, and took him straight to the vet, who said Falcon had previously broken bones in his hip and tail and had severely injured nerves in his back from being thrown from the vehicle.
Because the shelter was full, Falcon is recovering in a crate under Blackmon's personal carport. The small shelter is currently housing 58 animals with an additional 20 waiting to be adopted in foster homes.
Each year, Blackmon said, they bring in about 200 abandoned dogs.
In Victoria County, about 2,400 dogs and 2,000 cats were taken in by the Victoria County Animal Shelter in 2012, said Heather Kern, assistant supervisor.
Kern said some of those animals are dumped, some might have strayed from home, and others were released to the shelter.
Many people get overwhelmed after their cute puppy grows into a dog with needs, said Kern, and so her shelter has started education awareness programs in the school to target youth about pet responsibility.
In another effort to limit the dogs abandoned, Goliad Pet Adoption offers free spay and neuter services to residents of Goliad County, Blackmon said.
Despite these services, she said, they will continue to rescue unwanted animals.
Though she has only had Falcon for a few weeks, she said he is a sweet-tempered hound and bulldog mix who is eager to please. She said the 1- to 2-year-old dog has received little previous training, such as walking on a leash, but learns quickly.
"When we first tried to put him on the leash, he fought like a banshee. You could tell he had never, never been on a leash. But within 12 hours, he was walking up and down the road on the leash just because he wanted to please us," Blackmon said.
Blackmon said she hopes whoever threw the dog from the car is caught, but Goliad Sheriff Kirby Brumby is doubtful that will happen because the witnesses were not able to see the truck's license plate numbers.
If caught, however, Brumby said, the participants in the act could face animal cruelty charges.
"It is just cruelty. The sad thing is they will probably just go get another puppy - that is the really sad thing. Unless you can catch them, they won't ever learn. And it is dogs like this, who just want to please you, who suffer the consequences of their actions," Blackmon said.