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Miracle dog survives 15 story fall in Ft. Lauderdale highrise: Dogs can't fly

Elaine Caralis and Susie reunited after fall. Susie is expected to make a full recovery.
Elaine Caralis and Susie reunited after fall. Susie is expected to make a full recovery.
Ft. Lauderdale Fire and Rescue

Four-year-old Maltipoo, Susie, is one lucky pooch; the white ball of canine fluff survived a harrowing fall down 15 stories in an exhaust shaft in a Ft. Lauderdale condo high rise building Friday night, after curiosity got the best of her, reported CNN News.

Elaine Caralis and her emotional support dog, Susie, were visiting a friend on Friday evening at 3400 Galt Ocean Drive when the dog found her way into an open closet, and before one could say "smell this," Susie fell down an open shaft where the protective panel had been removed.

To the rescue came Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue and Timothy Heiser, who with the help of other first responders, "cut holes above and below the second floor to try to get" (to her). After three hours, the men succeeded, and Susie was out of the hole. As the men carefully reached in for the little one, Susie apparently was in shock; after all she had dropped down 15 stories onto the second floor and landed on a cement pad.

Susie was rushed to the Oakland Park Animal Hospital where Dr. Spencer Ratnoff stated it was nothing short of a miracle that Susie came away with just bruising and lacerations; the lucky little dog had no broken bones or internal bleeding. Dr. Ratnoff looked right at Susie in her hospital kennel and advised her that "dogs can't fly."

The little patient will spend a few more days at the vet hospital to make sure she is fine, and then will be going home to the loving arms of Elaine Caralis who tells everyone that Susie is part of her family.

Get well soon Susie.

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