Dog lucky to be alive after being thrown from truck travelling at 50mph
The RSPCA say a dog is lucky to be alive after it was thrown from a truck travelling 50mph in Kent.
The flat-bed truck was reportedly travelling at speed along Benover Road in Yalding, at 5.45pm on Friday.
Members of the public rushed the one year-old terrier cross to local vets following the incident.
Staff at the vets, who have named the dog Freya, found she may have suffered internal bleeding and so performed surgery immediately.
Witness Deborah Hollingdale said: “The woman in the car behind saw an arm stick out of the driver's window and threw something out as they were going about 50pmh.
"She thought it was a teddy bear at first, then she saw it was a dog which ran onto my drive.
“I found her, she wasn't making any noise. The first thing I noticed was that she looked starved. She was just skin and bones, you could see her hip bones poking through. Her fur was matted, she was covered in her own mess and she smelt terrible. It was clear she had been living in her own filth.”
Deborah wrapped Freya in a towel and rushed her to a vet for emergency treatment.
She added, “I’m so thankful she survived being thrown out of that van.
“Given the state she was in I don't think she'd have survived much longer living in the conditions she was being kept.”
The RSPCA is appealing for any other witnesses to the incident.
Inspector Kirsten Ormerod, who is now investigating, said: "We were contacted by a member of the public who reported seeing a black and tan, curly-haired dog being thrown out of the driver's side of a flat-bed truck that was travelling at around 50mph along Benover Road in Yalding, in the direction of Collier Street, at 5.45pm on Friday evening.
"Vets are monitoring her closely and have given her pain relief and I am keeping everything crossed that she pulls through after experiencing such callous cruelty."
Freya is not microchipped and has no identification tag.
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