Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Ladder 9 rescued a Jack Russell terrier from a motor vehicle accident on Franklin Road around 7:30 Sunday morning.
The dog, named “Jack,” was projected into the front windshield when the car he was riding in hit a power pole. The driver involved in the accident was unharmed and refused treatment from Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services.
Jack was found in the floorboard of the vehicle’s front passenger side. It was obvious that he was injured and would require immediate care. It appeared that he had trauma and lacerations to his head, and he was unable to move his back legs.
Ladder 9’s crew, not knowing the full extent of Jack’s injuries, used extra precaution immobilizing him and removing him from the vehicle. It was cold and raining, so Jack was wrapped up in a warm coat and taken to the 24-Hour Animal Medical Center on River Rock Boulevard.
Captain/Shift Inspector Mark McCluskey made contact with the clinic later in the day to check on Jack. The veterinarian’s assistant informed him that Jack had a concussion, but his bleeding was not from internal injuries. “He was listed in stable, yet serious condition,” said McCluskey. “We just hope that what we did, gave the little guy a fighting chance.”