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Friday, November 25, 2005

Dog survives 50-mile ride clinging to front of car

By Tom Peterkin, Ireland Correspondent, http://www.telegraph.co.uk

A dog has survived a 50-mile journey clinging to the front of a car as it sped down the motorway.

The resilience of the black and white collie cross-breed has astounded vets, not to mention the driver of the car, who was astonished to discover the dog trapped in the grille at the front of his vehicle.

The motorist, who was travelling from Coleraine to Belfast in Northern Ireland, remembered hearing a thump as he was driving his Peugeot 306.

Thinking he had hit something as he travelled on the road approaching Ballymena he looked in his rear-view mirror, but saw nothing on the road behind so did not stop.

It was only when he arrived at Belfast's Odyssey Arena and got out of his car that he heard barking and realised he had a passenger.

The police were called and they took the dog to the Earlswood Veterinary Surgery in east Belfast for treatment. Staff there nicknamed it Father Jack after the cantankerous Father Ted character, because the eight-year-old mongrel was slightly grumpy after its ordeal.

"He is quite sore around his back and neck, but he is going to be OK," said Emma McGowan, a veterinary nurse at Earlswood.

"The driver knew that he had struck something on the carriageway, but he didn't see anything so he drove on."

Remarkably, the dog had not suffered any serious injury following the collision.

Its hour-long miracle ride was all the more remarkable given the miserable weather conditions on the night of the journey earlier this week.

"He is totally fine," said Miss McGowan. "He is just a bit grumpy and quite smelly.

"He has been sleeping well but he is still traumatised. Hopefully he will come round."

She added: "We do get the odd strange thing here but we've never seen anything like this before."

The vets are anxious to trace the owner of the dog.


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