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Dog survives being hit by a car and stuck in bumper

Kumi Tucker
Updated: October 31, 2019 03:10 PM
Created: October 29, 2019 05:29 PM

SCHENECTADY - When the Hernas Veterinary Clinic on Gerling Street got a call for a dog hit by a car, they were ready for anything. When they heard the special circumstances of the case, they feared the worst. However, little Coco defied the odds. 

The young Shiba Inu has a shattered elbow, but her injuries could have been much worse. 

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She was hit by a car and stuck in its bumper. 

"I couldn't believe she survived, to be honest," said Noella LaFreniere of Hernas Veterinary Clinic, where Coco is being treated. 

"It was like the perfect fit. She fit perfectly in that bumper and came out alive and it's shocking to us. Working with the animals all these years, it's shocking. She's very lucky," she said. 

Police say a driver hit Coco on North Manning Boulevard at about 11:45 a.m. Monday.

"Saw something coming into the road, thought it was a ball, possibly an animal, struck it," said Rotterdam Police Lieutenant Jeffrey Collins. "Stopped, checked, realized there was some damage to her vehicle, but didn't realize that the dog had been embedded almost into the front grill or front scoop of the car."

Police say it was about an hour and many miles later that the driver pulled over in Rotterdam when she heard noises. She noticed the dog and called police. 

"She's a trooper, she really is," said LaFreniere, as she held Coco. "She's just so mellow and so good, and we can't wait to do the surgery to get her better and get her home."

Police have located her owner. 

We're told that while Coco is lucky to be alive, she will need a couple of surgeries -- expensive surgeries.

The Hernas Vet Clinic is accepting donations from anyone who wants to help with the dog's care.



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