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$10K goal reached for puppy rescued after being thrown from moving car

A 2-month-old puppy has a long — and expensive — recovery ahead of her after she was thrown from a moving car on Friday.

A 2-month-old puppy has a long — and expensive — recovery ahead of her after she was thrown from a moving car on Friday. (South Salt Lake Animal Shelter)



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SOUTH SALT LAKE — A 2-month-old puppy who was thrown from a moving car will receive the treatment she needs to recover after reaching a $10,00 fundraising goal set by South Salt Lake Animal Services, KSL-TV reported.

The puppy, who has been named Malin by South Salt Lake Animal Services, was found by a woman who was walking near 3300 South and 300 West in South Salt Lake, who then walked the puppy to a nearby veterinarian, Kevin Hansen with South Salt Lake Animal Services said.

Unfortunately, Malin, a long-haired Chihuahua and Pomeranian mix, suffered two broken back legs, two rib fractures and potentially a punctured lung and spinal injuries. Hansen said that he believes the dog was also mistreated prior to being thrown out of the window.

Hansen said that while Malin is eating and breathing on her own, and should recover, the surgeries could cost anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000, which the shelter is unable to cover.

"If we don't get a donation or donations adding up to enough that we can take care of it, unfortunately we would just have to have the dog put down," Hansen said.

People from around the country jumped to help Friday, raising the funds to help Malin, with many offering to adopt the puppy.

"People from around the country have been calling South Salt Lake Animal Services wanting to know what they can do to help," Steinbrecher reported. "They've already had a number of people step forward wanting to adopt Malin, so they'll be accepting applications and going through those and hopefully choosing a family for her to eventually go home with."

The shelter opened Monday at 9 a.m. for anyone interested in adopting Malin or donating* to help cover the surgeries.

"It's the concern for Malin," Hansen said. "Everybody wants to see the best outcome for her. They're concerned and hopefully we can track down the person who did throw the dog out of the car. This type of thing shouldn't happen."

While animal services would like to find the people who threw the puppy from the car and charge them for the surgeries, they don't have a description of the car or any other information to identify them.

Contributing: Adam Sotelo, Arianne Brown, Lauren Steinbrecher


*Disclaimer: KSL.com has not verified the accuracy of the information provided with respect to the account nor does KSL.com assure that the monies deposited will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit or donation you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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Lisi Merkley is a news producer for KSL.com. Prior to joining KSL in May 2021, she was editor in chief of The Daily Universe at Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications and Spanish.

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