This is an update to an article previously published on December 12, 2012.
On Wednesday, December 6, 2012, a truck driver witnessed a man throwing a German Shepherd off a bridge at S.E. 59th Street onto Interstate 40 below and called 911.
The first person to arrive at the scene was State Trooper Jennifer Fisher who made sure that the dog received immediate medical treatment. The dog had a shattered left femur and had lost a lot of blood and, yet, he managed to limp toward her when she approached him. She knew from that moment, if the dog could be saved, she wanted to keep him.
It was determined that the dog's name is Rookie. State Trooper Fisher followed Rookie's medical treatment and progress, and became his new owner. After having major surgery to save his leg, Rookie went home with the state trooper where he began gaining weight and building up strength in order to begin physical therapy.
Rookie has been undergoing physical therapy by Dr. Greg Emmert, owner of the Megee Street Animal Hospital in Norman. Dr. Emmert and his staff use laser therapy in order to reduce pain, increase blood flow into the tissues, and speed up healing of the fracture. In addition, Rookie works on a heated water treadmill which provides buoyancy and resistance so he can exercise. The warm water increases blood flow to his tissues.
Rookie still has a limp from the fall but he is gaining strength and has a great disposition. In addition, it is obvious that Rookie has finally found a warm, loving home and he is very content.
Investigators are still trying to find out who threw Rookie off the bridge and are hoping that the truck driver who witnessed and reported the crime will contact them again.
The Humane Society of the United States is now offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who threw Rookie off the bridge. Anyone with such information is asked to contact the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office at 405-869-2501.