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7-month-old puppy thrown from car saved by stranger, police

The dog underwent surgery for a broken leg. (Source: Richmond Animal Care and Control/Facebook)
The dog underwent surgery for a broken leg. (Source: Richmond Animal Care and Control/Facebook)
Published: May. 30, 2018 at 9:33 AM EDT|Updated: May. 30, 2018 at 3:47 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A 7-month-old Pitbull puppy was thrown out of a car window and left for dead in Richmond this past weekend.

Richmond Animal Care and Control is rehabbing the pup and asking the public to come forward with information.

The dog is named "Moody Pup" after where he was found, Moody and Bland Streets in a South Richmond neighborhood, near Midlothian Turnpike.

RACC Director Christie Chipps Peters says a witness saw a person driving a gold Saturn, throw the dog out of the window and speed off on the evening of Sunday, May 27.

"Once he had hit the ground the dog ran after the car, injuring himself further," Chipps Peters said.

The witness caught up with the dog and brought him to safety and called RACC, who sent a police officer. The officer rushed the dog to Virginia Veterinary Center on Cary Street where he underwent immediate surgery.

"He had multiple fractures, his knee was broken in a couple of different places, and he had hernias where his insides kind of popped through his exterior wall," Chipps Peters said. "He had a plate and some pins put into his knee and they fixed the hernias in his abdomen."

And even going through all of that, "Moody Pup" is far from moody.

"He's like the sweetest puppy," Chipps Peters said. "I mean we see so many dogs and we say they are all nice, but he's like exceptionally sweet."

RACC needs your help finding the person who did this.

"Anyone who has seen anything please come forward and let us know because we have closed cases on less information than this," Chipps Peters said.

The surgery cost RACC $2,000.

"We're really grateful to have our foundation that helps us pay for things like that because our city budget is quite finite," Chipps Peters said.

Click here to make a donation to RACC.

RACC is holding the dog until Saturday, in case an owner does come forward.  At this point,  the city shelter doesn't know if it was an owner or someone else who tossed the dog.

The pup will be up for adoption this Saturday.

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