KAMLOOPS — A young Rottweiler cross is recovering at the Kamloops SPCA after he was dragged by a vehicle on Friday (Aug 4).
The dog, named Mighty by the SPCA, had jumped out of the bed of a pick-up truck, and was dragged by its tether for some time.
Mighty was in rough shape upon arrival to the shelter, with deep gashes on his legs. His owners, unable to pay for treatment, surrendered him into the care of the Kamloops SPCA.
Branch Manager Alyssa Kyllo says an amputation may be a necessary treatment if the wounds don't heal properly.
"There is one joint that is significantly worse than the others, and it had significantly worse wear from jumping out of the vehicle, and that was actually taken right down to the bone," Kyllo said.
"Depending on how that heals, if the joint is compromised at all, then we'll have to seek other treatments. So, maybe an amputation or something else, but we are working with the veterinarian who will keep updated on his progress."
Mighty's injuries could have been prevented had he been properly secured in the vehicle.
"A tether is appropriate, but you have to make sure that it's the right length, so you have to make sure they can't reach the edge of the bed of the pick-up, and so they can't jump out,"
Kennels and seat belt harnesses are considered safer options for securing pets during transportation.
"We want to keep pets and their drivers safe in their vehicles," said Petland co-manager Heather Byers. "Have them in a secure kennel either in the vehicle right inside, or if they're transporting in the back of a pick-up then you want to make sure they're in a kennel that's secured, that's not going to move around, and if there was an accident, fall out of the back of the vehicle."
Barring an infection Mighty is looking at a 3-4 week recovery, at which time he will be available for adoption.
"He'll make someone a really great companion," Kyllo said.
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