Dog rescued by firefighters at accident scene recovering

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Witnesses alerted paramedics to injured pooch

By Ramsey Scott

A dog rescued by West Metro firefighters at the scene of a one-car accident is recovering at Foothills Animal Shelter.

The poodle-mix, thought to be about 4 years old, was found on U.S. 285 east of South Wadsworth Boulevard after an accident about midnight on May 5. A car had driven through a fence and come to rest near the frontage road, said West Metro spokeswoman Michelle French. 

The driver fled on foot, but French said witnesses told firefighters about the injured dog in the road. 

“We don’t know if it was hit or ejected,” French said. “Our firefighter/paramedics found a 24-hour veterinary clinic and brought the dog in for treatment.”

French said it was one of only a few instances she recalled in her 14 years with West Metro when a pet was rescued at an accident scene. Most animal rescues occur at house fires, which is why West Metro’s firetrucks and ambulances carry pet-sized breathing masks, French said.  

After being treated at the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado in Englewood, the dog was taken to Foothills Animal Shelter. 

Jennifer Strickland, spokeswoman for Foothills, said the male dog was diagnosed with multiple fractures in his pelvis and is currently on cage rest. 

Strickland said the dog was unclaimed as of Monday, so the shelter was looking at possible medical treatments and would eventually put the animal up for adoption. 

Strickland said Foothills has several veterinary partners that provide surgical services.

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine. Check www.columbinecourier.com for updates.