Dog in car's grill survives ride from Mass. to RI

Posted: 10/02/12 at 10:05 am EDT      Last Updated: 10/03/12 at 7:17 am EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WHDH) -- East Providence animal control officials reunited a dog with its family after she took a ride on the grill of a car for 11 miles.

The 6-year-old miniature poodle named Suzie, ended up in the Providence Animal Control Shelter Monday after traveling from Taunton, Mass. to East Providence, R.I. on the grill of a Toyota Camry. She was missing for a week before getting struck by the car.

“It wasn’t just that she was wedged, she was holding on,” said an official.

A driver hit the dog near the Segragansett Country Club along Route 44 in Taunton, but didn’t know it.

“He abruptly stopped trying to avoid hitting the dog. When he didn’t see the dog around the vehicle, he checked his rearview mirror, looked around, didn’t see the dog,” said Officer William Muggle of Providence Animal Control.

That was until another driver told him the dog was stuck in his grill.

The driver immediately went to police for help. Officers managed to free her. The dog suffered only minor injuries.

“She has a missing tooth, a concussion, they had some concern about a ruptured bladder,” said Muggle.

“It’s unbelievable. I’ve never encountered anything like this. For her to survive that, just basically between being wedged in there and hanging on for dear life after getting hit by a vehicle going 50 miles per hour when he hit the brakes, so she got hit at a pretty good clip. So to hold on for 11 miles and survive that journey is nothing short of a miracle.”

The driver who hit Suzie didn't want to speak on camera, but said he is a dog owner himself, and said he was horrified to learn he had driven with the dog stuck for so long.

The dog’s owners were happy to be reunited with Suzie after quite an ordeal.

“Oh, it’s wonderful. Very surprised, very happy. She’s a miracle,” said Donna, the dog’s owner.

The owners were able to prove that Suzie belongs to them because they had paperwork stating her microchip number.

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