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Dog struck by car survives 11-mile ride wedged in bumper

A poodle mix that was hit by a car and driven 11 miles while pinned inside the front bumper has become quite a celebrity at the East Providence, R.I., Animal Control Center.

“We’re trying to avoid the cliché name, Lucky,” said William Muggle, animal control supervisor, in a telephone interview Tuesday.

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A man was driving 50 miles per hour on Route 44 near the Segregansett Country Club in Taunton on Sept. 20 when he saw the dog run into the street, Muggle said.

“He slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting the dog,” Muggle said.

“He thought he had.”

The man continued driving and 11 miles later, another driver flagged him down to let him know that there was an animal wedged in the opening in the lower part of the bumper of his Toyota Camry, he said.

“It was harrowing for that pup, I’m sure,” Muggle said.

The man immediately drove to the police station, which was just around the corner.

East Providence police notified animal control.

Muggle arrived at the scene and attempted to pull the dog from the opening.

“Her front paws were hooked into the bumper, gripping on for dear life,” he said.

The dog was taken to East Bay Animal Hospital in Seekonk, where she was stabilized, Muggle said.

She had a concussion and had lost a tooth, but had no broken bones, he said.

She was taken to Bay State Veterinary Emergency Services in Swansea. and kept overnight, he said.

“She wound up being fine, really,” Muggle said. “Couple of days of pain meds and antibiotics, but that was pretty much it.”

Doctors believe the dog is a 6- or 7-year-old bichon frise-poodle mix, he said.

Late Tuesday, the dog was reunited with its owners. The owners, who were not identified, told WPRI-TV it’s a ‘‘miracle.’’

East Providence Animal Control supervisor William Muggle said the owners claimed ‘‘Suzie’’ on Tuesday after seeing news reports. Animal control told the Providence Journal that they had veterinary paperwork with the dog’s microchip number.

“She’s a lucky dog, super-friendly,” Muggle said. “She just wants to sit on your lap all the time and jumps up to give you kisses and lick your face.”

Muggle said people have come by the shelter to drop off gifts for the special dog.

“She’s a little celebrity,” he said.

Material from the Associated Press was included in this report. Melissa Werthmann can be reached at melissa.werthmann@globe.com.
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