Special Photo This 9-week-old chihuahua-daschund mix was seen being thrown out of a car near Jimmy Carter Road Tuesday morning. Duluth resident Jennifer Hayes took it to a Lilburn vet, and the public has chipped in to cover his medical expenses, Hayes said.
LILBURN -- He doesn't officially have a name yet, but the 9-week-old daschund-chihuahua mix has certainly earned something tough-sounding.
"He's going to have something cool," Duluth resident Jennifer Hayes, one of the puppy's saviors, said Wednesday. "We just haven't figured it out. We're going to get something tough."
The puppy's journey began around 7 a.m. Tuesday when someone reportedly threw him out of the window of a tan-colored SUV on Button Gwinnett Drive, the access road between Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Pleasantdale Road near Doraville. He was hit by another car before a coworker of Hayes' husband at nearby ABC Supply Co. scooped him up and took him into the office.
Hayes, an animal lover and rescue advocate, raced there and took the dog to Beaver Crossing Animal Hospital in Lilburn. His right rear leg, Hayes said, "was hanging on by one piece of a thread of a bone."
She signed on to pay for his medical care, enabling doctors to perform surgery and place pins in his leg.
"Once we get his leg fixed he should make a full recovery," Dr. Tracy Mieras said Wednesday. "He's bright, alert and eating well today."
One of the vet techs at Beaver Crossing has taken to calling the dog "Spunky," but Hayes said she doesn't think it quite fits.
As it turns out, Hayes wouldn't have to pay for the dog's care alone. Thanks to Facebook friends and a website called chipin.com, she's received donations totalling far more than the $1,400 estimate.
"One lady donated 500 bucks," Hayes said. "It's been amazing."
The excess funds will be donated to animal rescue groups, she said.
In the meantime, Hayes said the process has begun to see if any of the businesses around ABC Supply Co. have surveillance cameras that may have caught the crime on tape. A police report has not yet been filed.
Hayes said she hasn't decided whether she will keep the puppy long-term or not, but has agreed to foster it during its recovery. She said she'll be very picky when helping find his permanent home.
"After all the hell he's been through," Hayes said, "I want to make sure he'll be spoiled rotten."