The pleasant drive of a mom and her 13-year old son, from Pinole dramatically changed when they noticed that something was being dragged by a fast moving pick-up truck in front of them on I 780. At first they weren’t sure what they were witnessing but as they got closer to the truck, they realized it was a dog, dangling alongside of the pick-up by a rope fastened around it’s neck.
“I noticed something kind of flapping in the wind behind this black truck. Got a little closer, noticed it was the dog,” Angie Porter recalled to KGO TV reporter Leslie Brinkley. “Panic mode. We started screaming. I’m laying on my horn, trying to catch up to the person. He was going pretty fast. And, he (the dog) was just being drug and strangulated at the same time, kind of flopping around.”
Although horrified by the scene, Porter and her son, River, continued to follow the truck. After what seemed an eternity to them (and the poor pup, I’m sure), the rope snapped, rolling the dog off the freeway and onto the divider wall. Porter stopped, attempted to render aid to the dog that was badly injured and in shock and called 9-1-1 for help.
The dog, a German Shepard puppy whom they have nicknamed “Freeway” was rushed to a Vallejo vet for evaluation and treatment. The attending vet has reported that Freeway will make it through the ordeal, although one badly mangled leg had to be amputated on Tuesday.
Freeway was visited by Porter and her son Wednesday to see how he was doing and said that they may adopt him.
It will take four more weeks for Freeway to completely heal. The Humane Society of the North Bay is funding his medical care but they are desperately looking for donations to help him and other animals in awful circumstances. If you can help, please contact them at > Humane Society of the North Bay.
If you have any information on the driver of the black pick-up truck, please notify your local police.
For more on this dreadful incident, please view the KGO TV report.
Woof for Now
Wrapping my arms around all things Dog