OKLAHOMA CITY – A heartwarming update to a horrific case of animal abuse.
A dog severely injured after being tossed off a highway overpass finds a new home.
Two weeks ago someone threw the German Shepard from a bridge at S.E. 59th onto I-40.
The state trooper who first found the dog injured on the side of the road adopted the animal.
The dog, named Rookie, will have to rest and recover for about three months but he is expected to make a full recovery.
Sporting a few bandages and wearing a collar, Rookie is a popular new addition to the Fisher family.
“My 10-year-old daughter is already buying him gifts and bones and a big pillow,” OHP trooper Jennifer Fisher said.
Rookie is lucky to limp out of the hospital alive.
Trooper Fisher, the first to arrive on scene after someone tossed the dog off the bridge, found Rookie suffering serious leg injuries.
“I think I bonded with him there,” Fisher said.
In the days that followed, Rookie underwent surgery to repair a shattered leg and knee.
One visit to Rookie in the hospital made Jennifer’s decision to adopt an easy one.
“I went to see him and said his name and he sat right up,” she said. “I knew we had to take him home and take care of him.”
The Humane Society of the United States covered the thousands of dollars for Rookie’s medical costs.
At the same time, the person responsible for the abuse remains a mystery.
The Humane Society is also offering a cash reward to help catch the person who threw Rookie off the bridge, $7,500.
“We want to support law enforcement and go after people who commit acts of animal cruelty,” Humane Society spokesperson Cynthia Armstrong said.
Authorities would really like to hear from the woman who was an eyewitness to the crime and called 911.
Anyone with information on the case can call the Oklahoma County sheriff’s office.