Miracle dog, tossed from car, survives highway ordeal

Who says only cats have nine lives?

Twice in one week Pennsylvania area dogs have suffered ordeals that should have killed them. First there was Brandi, the beagle who plunged 70 feet from a bridge into the Delaware River near Philadelphia.

Then there was Malibu, a Chihuahua-beagle mix dog, who was tossed from a moving vehicle, then struck by anther car on a busy highway in central Pennsylvania and lived to bark about it.

The tiny dog was brought to a veterinarian in York Wednesday by Good Samaritans who saw her thrown from the car on the highway and then, before they could reach her, saw her struck by the car behind it.

The York County SPCA is investigating the case, Melissa Smith, the SPCA's executive director, told the York Daily Record.

"We will certainly investigate (and) see if anyone responds to the media coverage," Smith said. "If we can find out who abandoned the dog out of their car, we will charge them appropriately."

Amazingly, Malibu had some minor road burns but did not suffer any broken bones or internal injuries. There were signs of neglect on the dog's body, such as evidence of flea infestation, doctos said.

The paper reports that donations are coming in to help pay for her care. Doctors expect the dog to make a full recovery and should be healthy enough to be adopted within a week.