By Riley Manning
TUPELO – On Monday afternoon, Tupelo resident Pam Leech received quite a surprise when, as she drove west on McCullough Boulevard, a small dog dropped from the overpass in the opposite lane.
“I was shocked,” Leech said. “It wasn’t moving.”
Leech turned the car around and was crossing the street to retrieve the pup when it was struck by a passing car. By the time a police officer arrived on the scene, two other pedestrians, Dr. Megan Schroyer and Tupelo-Lee Humane Society board member Martha Dale, had stopped to help. Dale would be the one to deliver the Jack Russell terrier mix to Tupelo Small Animal Hospital.
“It was the sweetest, cutest thing,” Dale said. “It didn’t try to bite or anything when I picked it up.”
Leech said though she did not see a car on the overpass when the dog fell, she said she didn’t see how the dog could have gotten over the barrier on its own. It wore a collar, but bore no information.
“I just feel like it had to have been thrown,” Leech said. “It was way out in the road when it fell.”
Despite the fall, Dr. Ryan Black, veterinarian at Tupelo Small Animal Hospital, said the dog was stable when it was brought to the clinic.
“It definitely needed medical attention. There was no road rash, though, and the break to its front right leg was pretty clean,” Black said. “As far as if it was thrown off or not, I can’t say.”
Black performed surgery on the pooch Thursday afternoon, and said recovery time could range anywhere from eight weeks to six months.
The unnamed dog’s story has gone viral on social media. According to the vet clinic, nearly 11,500 people had viewed the original post. As of Thursday afternoon, it had been shared nearly 200 times.
“People have sent me messages offering to help out with vet bills,” Leech said. “Just goes to show there are good people out there.”
Dale urged residents to turn to the humane society if they ever find themselves unable to properly care for a pet.