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Dog who plunged over side of bridge to be reunited with owner

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According to Thursday's publication of Gothamist, the pit bull who survived a harrowing fall over the side of a bridge in Brooklyn, N.Y., is going to be reunited with his rightful owner.

The dog, who was dubbed "Meeker" because of the street that he landed on, plunged over the edge of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway bridge on Tuesday evening. Miraculously, he survived the estimated 30-foot fall, but he was injured by the impact.

Good Samaritans were able to get the injured dog to Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG), for treatment.

One day later after the media picked up Meeker's story, the dog's true owner, identified as Oliver Rivera, realized where his lost dog was. According to Rivera, the dog had slipped his collar on Tuesday and ran away. The man filed a lost dog report and spent the remainder of the day searching the area for his pet, whose real name is "Wookie."

Initial reports from witnesses suggested that the dog may have been tossed from a moving car, but a new witness came forward with a less sinister version of who the situation unfolded on Tuesday evening. Gothamist reported that Sarah Hart watched the frantic dog leap over the side of the bridge of his own accord; she stated:

I was actually in a taxi on the BQE Tuesday evening when the taxi driver pointed out a dog running full tilt along the side of the expressway. Without warning he leaped over the concrete partition to the 30-foot-drop. We were shocked—and certain he was dead on impact.
Of course, I don't know if he was running from something, some other abuse, and he certainly seemed crazed, but no human actually tossed a dog off the BQE in this instance.

Wookie will continue to recuperate at VERG and the non-profit group Positive Tails is committed to helping pay the dog's veterinary bills. The veterinary hospital has confirmed that they will ensure that Wookie's home is a safe place to return him to before he is released from their care.

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