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Dog survives highway hit; mystery donor pays big vet bill
A young black lab is lucky to be alive after being hit by a truck on a Kamloops highway.
The dog ran into the path of a northbound truck at about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, on Highway 5 at Rayleigh, according to Kamloops Rural RCMP.
It was critically injured, but managed to drag itself across four lanes of traffic to rest in the deep show in the westbound ditch.
Mounties and City of Kamloops bylaws officers were able to safely put the animal in a sling and transport it to the Kamloops SPCA.
From there, it underwent extensive surgery at a local veterinary clinic and is now in stable condition.
“Miraculously, an anonymous donor stepped forward and paid the vet bill, amounting to close to $1,000,” Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Doug Aird said.
Police officers and the SPCA tried to find the dog’s owner, going door-to-door along both sides of the highway.
On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the dog’s owner had been reuinited with the pet as it recovered at a vet’s office.
“As a reminder, although the dog was wearing a collar, he did not have any ID, such as an inscription on the collar, dog tag or tattoo, which most certainly would have assisted in expediting the reunion of pooch and owner,” Aird said.