Lindey is alive today thanks to the fast actions of two animal lovers. Witnesses say the German shepherd was thrown from a bridge in Kansas City falling over forty feet. The couple rushed the dog to the veterinarian and now they are trying to raise the funds to get her the surgery she needs.
A horse show was being held at the Hale Arena in Kansas City when witnesses saw a 2-year-old German shepherd come flying off the bridge and land in a snow bank, she appeared to have been thrown. Although one witness called for help, no one rushed to her aid until two horse show attendees pulled up. The two animal lovers didn’t hesitate to come to her aid, putting her in their car and getting her to the vet as fast as they could.
Thanks to the quick actions of her rescuers Lindey was at the vet within 30 minutes of her fall. “That made a huge difference,” said Dr. Smith. Her injuries were severe. “Obviously there was a great deal of trauma. She was in shock.”
Lindey is lucky to even be alive after her horrific fall. “When dogs fall that far they assume an orientation in space where front legs are coming down first, followed by their head,” said veterinarian Dr. Richard Smith. “We call that a 3-point landing and it’s not very pleasant, when front legs give out and then their chin hits the ground and causes damage to their mouth as well.” Lindey’s rescuers believe her landing in a snow bank very well saved her life. Though Lindey is not out of the woods yet.
Lindey will need complicated and expensive surgery to repair both of her front legs and damage she sustained to her teeth. The surgery along with follow-up care could cost $10,000. Lindey also sustained some internal injuries. “She had some blood in her stomach, some compression in her lungs,” said Dr. Smith. Her internal injuries seem to be stabilizing and will be monitored for another week or two to make sure there is no residual internal damage.
Approximately $4,000 has been raised to date to help Lindey. To help donate towards Lindey’s surgery and recovery go to mogsrescue.rescuegroups.org or send donations to:
Love 4 Paws
P.O. Box 13305
Overland Park, Kan. 66282