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Officer saves ‘miracle dog’ after being hit by car, ridding in the front end for 45 minutes

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Rotterdam — A Shiba Inu named Coco survived an crash in Albany Monday — and an unexpected trip to Rotterdam — stuck underneath a car, and made it out with relatively minor injuries, according to police and veterinary officials.

The dog was hit on North Manning Boulevard just before 11 a.m. Monday, police said. The driver realized the car had hit something, but thought it was a ball, Rotterdam Police Lt. Jeffrey Collins said Tuesday.

After stopping and seeing damage but nothing else, the driver left, headed for a body shop in Glenville. But as the driver drove along Helderberg Avenue in Rotterdam, she heard noises from the front of her car, Collins said.

This time when she stopped and she saw what she had hit, Collins said. She’d hit a dog and the dog was alive and staring out from under her car, Collins said.

The driver, whom police did not identify, immediately called police and Rotterdam officers responded. One of the responding officers then was able to free the dog, Collins said.

Officers were surprised the dog appeared largely OK, Collins said. Police released a photo of the dog stuck in the car, editing out the car’s plate number.

Police called in an animal control officer, who got the dog to Hernas Veterinary Clinic in Schenectady for treatment. The officer also tracked down the dog’s owner in Albany.

Workers at Hernas checked the dog out. X-rays revealed the dog, named Coco, had a broken elbow. She was obviously also sore, but otherwise OK, Hernas employee Tammy Van Valkenburgh said Tuesday.

“We thought it was a miracle,” Van Valkenburgh said of Coco’s ordeal. “When I walked in yesterday, they told me the miracle dog was here. She was here standing on three legs.”

Coco’s elbow injury, however, is expected to require a surgery by a specialist to fix at some point, Van Valkenburgh said. The owners were worried about how to fund that, Van Valkenburgh said. Clinic officials have spoken with the owners about various ways to do that. Van Valkenburgh was not immediately aware of a fund-raiser or other effort.

Coco’s owner is actually from North Carolina and was staying with the owner’s sister in Albany when she got out and was struck, Van Valkenburgh said.

Despite her ordeal, Coco is doing well. Coco remained at the veterinary clinic Tuesday.

“As far as we can tell she’s going great,” Van Valkenburgh said. “She’s taking her medicine. She’s very sweet.”

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