UPDATE: Lydia Martinez has signed over ownership of Harry to TJO. Harry will be on six weeks of crate rest to heal his injury and then will be up for adoption, according to TJO's Facebook page.
The dog thrown from a moving vehicle in Chicopee on Wednesday morning is recovering at the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Adoption and Control Center (TJO) in Springfield, Mass. Harry, as the adoption center dubbed him, suffered from a severe fractured pelvis from being tossed out of the window of a moving car and then run over by one of the rear wheels, according to TJO's Facebook page.
The owner of Harry, a 7-pound, one year old male schnauzer/terrier mix whose name is actually Parker, has stepped forward. Lydia Martinez saw her missing dog plastered all over the news and couldn't believe her eyes, according to WGGB. Martinez claims Parker got out of her cousin's yard in Springfield by going under a fence and then he took off. She searched for hours and then went home.
Parker was newly adopted and hadn't even been to see the veterinarian yet, according to Martinez.
Meanwhile, Parker is in stable condition and will undergo surgery Friday for his pelvis. The cost of the surgery is roughly $3,500 and donations are needed. It is unclear whether the owner will be paying for the surgery or have to surrender the dog.
TJO posted on its Facebook page earlier tonight: “We are unsure of who threw Harry from the moving car - anyone with information should let us know! Harry's owner has been identified, not the abuser. We are unsure of Harry's long term plan at this point. We are still addressing his immediate medical needs - once a long term plan is formulated for Harry, we will let our Facebook friends know!”
The MSPCA Law Enforcement team is still investigating. Anyone with any information regarding this crime should call the MSPCA at 617-522-6008 or 800-628-5808, or TJO at 413-781-1484.
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