Waitress helps pit bull thrown from bridge
Now Sunny, as she’s been dubbed, is temporarily lodging with Kelsey Westbrook, a server at a nearby Joe’s Crab Shack, who was one of those who coaxed the plucky dog towards shore.
Witnesses said a white Chevy Malibu had stopped on the bridge moments before the dog was tossed, according to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Westbrook, a University of Louisville senior, said it appeared the dog had recently given birth.
Workers at Joe’s Crab Shack said the dog made a loud smacking sound as she hit the water. Westbrook and two other servers ran to the riverside, encouraging the dog to swim to shore. As the dog got within 20 feet, Louisville firefighters at the river for dive team training launched a boat and pulled her to safety.
“I wanted to give her some hope, to let her know somebody was waiting for her,” Westbrook said. “I was afraid she would give up and drown.”
Diners erupted into applause as the dog came ashore, then wolfed down three three hamburgers before going home to Westbrook’s apartment.
The dog, which Westbrook named Sunny, appears less than two years old. The red pit bull quickly became friends with her two-year-old German Shepherd mix. Westbrook said she hoped to help the dog find another home.
“I took the dog because I just wanted to help her,” the English literature major said. “I don’t ever want her to feel pain again.”
(Photo: By Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal)
Posted by John Woestendiek July 28th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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