The reward for information about the person who threw a German shepherd off a bridge last week has been increased to $7,500, Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said.
Trooper Jennifer Fisher, who found Rookie injured along Interstate 40 last week, said the dog underwent surgery without incident Tuesday afternoon.
“Rookie made it out of surgery without problem,” she said.
Fisher said what veterinarians thought was a fractured kneecap in an x-ray turned out to be broken in four places and needed to be pinned together.
Fisher said investigators need to find the woman who reported that she saw a man toss the dog off the bridge Dec. 5.
Fisher, who plans to adopt Rookie, said the woman called 911 to report a man threw the dog off the Interstate 40 bridge over SE 59. However, dispatchers were unable to get the woman's contact information before she hung up.
“We need to find her,” Fisher said Tuesday.
Fisher said she arrived about five minutes after the woman reported the incident and found Rookie alive. She said Rookie had big eyes that tugged at her heart.
“A lot of times we (troopers) see injured animals on the road that have to be put down,” Fisher said. “He was so sweet and so sad, I knew I wanted to give him a chance if the vet could save him.”
“Dogs are ‘man's best friend' and are dependent upon humans for food, shelter and care. In return they provide unquestioned companionship and love,” Whetsel said in a statement Tuesday. “For someone to throw Rookie off of a bridge is unconscionable and the sign of an inherently evil person. We are doing everything possible to find the person responsible so that person can answer in a court of law.”
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Initially, the organization put the reward at $2,500.
Barry and Becky Switzer have added $1,000 to that reward, Whetsel reported. Max Fairchild and the AutoMax dealership are committing at least $1,500, bringing the reward total to at least $7,500.
Rookie was taken to the Deer Creek Animal Hospital in Harrah, where he was treated for an open leg fracture and internal bleeding. Then he was transferred to Oklahoma State University's veterinary teaching hospital for surgery.
CONTRIBUTING: Matt Dinger, Staff writer
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