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Waitress helps pit bull thrown from bridge

louisvilleAn unwanted pit bull who was thrown off a bridge and into the Ohio River survived the 80 foot drop and was showing no ill effects other than a swollen belly.

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)


Comment from Azle Beckner
Time July 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Pit Bulls seem to be currently most abused dog breed. They are used for dog fighting and protection for drug dealers houses.

Comment from Miss Jan
Time July 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I hope they catch the person who felt this dog is a throwaway commodity. And especially because maybe there are some orphaned pups out there? Or did the perp get rid of puppies too? Seems to me there’s a crime committed here, and I sure hope the authorities are on this.

Comment from Jenni13
Time July 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Bravo, Kelsey! This is such a wonderful story. I know that Sunny will find a great home. Thank you SO much for your kindness. Pit bulls are so maligned and misunderstood. Thank you SO much for not believing the hype and for rescuing this wonderful dog who was abused by cold-hearted, evil people (who, by the way, are the REAL problem in this country, not the dogs). I hope they catch the scumbags who did this.