German shepherd thrown from an Oklahoma County interstate bridge

Sheriff's deputies are working the dog cruelty case. The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward in the case.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY rmedley@opubco.com Modified: December 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm •  Published: December 6, 2012
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A German shepherd thrown from an Oklahoma County interstate bridge is recovering from injuries, and law officers are looking for the person responsible.

Oklahoma County sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers said the office was contacted Wednesday by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol regarding the incident at the Interstate 40 bridge over SE 59 in eastern Oklahoma County.

A tag on the dog's collar reads “Rookie.”

A sheriff's department animal welfare deputy took Rookie to the Deer Creek Animal Hospital in Harrah. Officials said his injuries included an open leg fracture and internal bleeding.

Veterinarian technician Kate Bellah said Thursday that Rookie was in stable condition and the trooper who took the initial report from a witness has expressed interest in adopting the dog.

After veterinarians at Deer Creek Animal Hospital stabilized him, Rookie was taken to Oklahoma State University's veterinary teaching hospital for additional surgery.

The Humane Society of the United States has agreed to cover the veterinary care costs and is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the crime, Myers said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 869-2501.

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