Puppy Gets ‘Lucky’ After Being Thrown From Car

East-West Animal Hospital vet provided the care.

When Kris Everidge left to drive his 8-year-old son Tyler to school on a normal Tuesday morning, little did he know his family was about to expand.

The two were driving down the road April 12 when Tyler noticed that someone in the car in front of them had thrown a bag out of the window. Since Tyler had been learning about litter, recycling and the need to take care of the environment in school, the act disturbed him, Kris said.

“My son said, ‘Dad, they just littered,’ ” Kris said. “We stopped. He got up to it (the bag) and there she was. The bag was moving – it was crying.”

Knowing the puppy needed medical attention, Kris Everidge began checking around for a veterinary office that could help. A friend recommended they make the drive from their Riverview home to Lutz’s .

When Dr. Adriana Odachowski heard Lucky’s story, she said she wanted to help.

“She had suffered some injury to her right leg; minor trauma and a small fracture,” Odachowski said.

Other than the leg injury, Odachowski was able to give the 6-week-old pit-mix puppy a clean bill of health. She sent the puppy home with the Everidges with a few medications.

“She should be fine,” Odachowski was pleased to report. “They love her. (It’s) a nice ending.”

For many other pets, however, the ending isn't always so happy, she added. Odachowski stressed the need for people to pay attention when they’re driving like the Everidges did.

“If you see somebody throwing (things) out (of a car), take a license plate number. It’s a crime.”

Kris Everidge said his family is pleased to have the puppy as a part of it. They have, however, renamed the little dog.

She’s now known as Cassidy “as in hopalong,” Kris said, adding that, “Cassidy, she’s here for good.”

is located at 1524 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The hospital specializes in the care of dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and other exotic pets. It uses a combination of eastern and western veterinary practices to provide comprehensive care.

Donna April 26, 2011 at 01:17 PM
I saw so much of this sort of thing when I worked at Animal Services that I grew to dislike people. This happens more than anyone would ever realize. And throwing a pup out of the car is mild compared to some of the other things people do to animals. Sad. Very sad.
Christine Gale April 27, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Kuddos to East-West Animal Hospital! I just transferred there and really hope they make it. They go above board in care. Chris
Rene Van Hout April 27, 2011 at 03:07 PM
I would like to pay for any unpaid expenses. Please call me at work!
Theresa Anderson April 27, 2011 at 07:32 PM
I picked up a little boy dog approximately 10 months of age off of Interstate 75 South after it had been thrown out. He had just been hit by a car ahead of me. Luckily he only suffered road rash and three fractures to his hip. He has become the love of my life. How curel people can be. Thanks to the angels in the Everidge's car, they won't regret adding this puppy to their home.
Mary Devlin April 27, 2011 at 07:44 PM
I'd do just the thing that the Everidge family did. Poor baby!
Cynthia Mattera April 27, 2011 at 07:48 PM
What a terrible story! Reminds me of when i found my 2 cats. My boyfriend at the time had a boat near on Lake Michigan in Chicago. It was hot day in July and I went to take the garbage down to the garbage dumpster at the pier. As I throw the bag in, I saw stuff moving inside. I stepped back, then I heard soft meowing. I was shocked! I looked inside, saw a small box moving, so I took it out. It was entirely wrapped with masking tape. Inside the box were 2 tiny kittens. Scared, hungry and dehydrated. I took them back to our boat, fed them some lunch meats(that's all we had) gave them some water, and took them home. They lived with my daughter and I for 20 years before they passed away. They were the most beatiful, loving cats. To this day, I'll never understand how a person could just throw them away like trash!!! God Bless the gentleman and his son for stopping that day to rescue little Cassidy. I truly belive that God puts us in the right place at the right time!
Elgrit B. Russell April 27, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Many years ago while driving down a busy road, I saw a dog half lying in the road. I pulled over to see the dog and realized it was still alive. There was a vet a few doors down and I ran to the door for help. When I told him what happened, he said, "lady, call the cops" and slammed the door in my face. I went back to try to get the dog to another vet but he was dead by then. I have never forgotten the cruelty of that vet - and I was willing to pay him.
monka April 27, 2011 at 09:41 PM
I'd do the same thing right away, kudos to Kris and his son Tyler !! I'm glad Cassidy has a loving home now.
Bill April 28, 2011 at 03:48 AM
I hope that mother dog would bit owner for throwing babies
Marge Wood April 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Out in the Appalachian hills, a neighbor told me of a puppy cowering under his back porch for several days. I went to help get the animal out, then took him home. That was 2 years ago. The little black puppy has grown into a beautiful 75 pound lab mix and is the most wonderful dog I have ever had. His love and devotion for adopting him repay me a hundred fold every day.
Maureen April 28, 2011 at 02:41 PM
I would have to keep it.
Renee Goodwin April 28, 2011 at 03:51 PM
If I ran into a puppy on the side of the road I would definately pick it up and care for it.
H Hollon April 28, 2011 at 10:25 PM
There are angels in this world to help when evil devils do cruel and mean things to his beloved creatures. This dad and son were where they were supposed to be to make a difference in the puppies and their life's. Thanks to all who helped this poor baby and I hope that the slime ball who did this gets caught and punished. I have helped kittens, rabbits, dogs, cats etc when they have been hurt, lost etc and I plan on keep on doing it.


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