LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It seems to be a growing trend - man's best friend getting tossed out of moving vehicles. Last October, a border collie was thrown out on Interstate 65. Two months later, it happened to another dog in Chicago. Last week, in New Salisbury, Indiana, Bambi, a cocker spaniel mix, was tossed out of a car. On Monday, she had an operation to install a plate and several screws.
"She had surgery to repair some unstable fractures within the pelvic area, ones that will prohibit her from getting up and moving around too much, were stabilized," said Dr. Missy Jewell, of All Pets Veterinary Center.
Rebecca Eaves of the Shamrock Arrow Fund, an organization which helps pay the expenses of these operations, says while these cases make the news, she sees dozens of others every week.
"You see the ones of this magnitude," said Eaves, "We see severe and neglect cases weekly, daily sometimes."
The surgery and care for Bambi is estimated at $5,000 to $6,000 - a bill that the person responsible will probably never pay.
"I don't know if you can rehabilitate someone who does these types of things, but we need to try and they need to be punished," Eaves said.
According to Jewell, punishment is exactly what is needed.
"I think the laws in this state allow it to happen more than it should, there's no penalty, there's not a great deterrent for people not to do it," said Jewell.
Bambi's physical recovery will take several weeks, as for her mental recovery?
"Different animals are going to handle that kind of situation a little differently, I've seen her personally, she's in great spirits, happy and looking around and trusting of the people that are with her at this point," Dr. Jewell said.
If you would like to donate to the Shamrock Foundation, you can log onto www.shamrockpets.com and make a donation. They ask that you specify the Arrow Fund when doing so.