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A dog is in need of a home after being left to die in the middle of rush hour traffic. Kelly Lecain works with Pets in Distress and tells NBC 6 what happened.
A dog is in need of a home after being left to die in the middle of rush hour traffic.
He was thrown out of a moving car, and rescued by a driver who witnessed the entire thing.
Kelly Lecain works with Pets in Distress, the rescue group that took in Cooper after a woman told Lecain she saw the unthinkable while driving 60 miles per hour on U.S. 27 near Pembroke Pines.
“The car in front of her opened the window and Cooper was catapulted out, spiraled like a football, and landed in the median in between the north and southbound lanes,” Lecain said.
Cooper was lucky. He didn’t break any bones, only a tooth. It’s stories like this one that drive Lecain to do what she does.
“Yes, it’s a horrible thing. I wasn’t shocked. It’s not the first time I’ve heard the story. Unfortunately, I’ve heard worse,” Lecain said. “These are lives. These are living creatures and they are being discarded like yesterday’s garbage.”
Pets in Distress is a “no-kill” rescue group. Lecain said they take in dogs that many wouldn’t adopt, just to save their lives. They rely on volunteers to provide foster homes until the pets are adopted. Right now, their website lists 48 animals in need of homes.
“We take the three-legged dogs. We take the dogs that have been shot,” Lecain said. “We’re working on a shoestring budget and our vet bills are outrageous.”
Add one more dog to that list. Cooper is an animal that Lecain said was already in bad shape before he was thrown out the car window.
“He was infested with fleas. He was infested with intestinal parasites,” she said. “He's skinny. He wasn't well taken care of."
Now, his life has been saved in more ways than one.
If you want to adopt Cooper, or find out about other pets that need to be saved, log onto www.petsindistress.org.