The rescue taking care of her is the one where I got my dog Ralph from. The following is the story they had on their facebook page yesterday.
Missouri German Shepherd Rescue
LINDEY THE GSD THROWN OFF OVERPASS ON I-670 sometime Thursday. PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN
Landed in the snow. Good thing or she'd be dead.
Woman who scraped her up called me Friday and Nancy (MOGS PRES) spent most of Friday on this.
Fortunately there was a horse show at the arena ... several people were outside and saw it.
They said "she came FLYING off that overpass" -- in other words she didn't climb up and over, she didn't jump over the railing. 99% likelihood she was THROWN off the overpass. Someone suggested maybe she came flying off a pickup bed, but doesn't seem likely. It's a straight road, no curves, no ice at that time, broad daylight. Someone would have had to slam on their brakes but there was no squealing. Besides, she would have flown out the back of the pickup not the side. Plus she's skinny (tho not emaciated) and shows signs of having been abused by a man.
At any rate, the people who saw it happen ran into the horse show to tell people. It just so happened one of the attendees loves gsd's (used to breed them). She's from Colorado but was with a local gal friend - they rushed her to the local gal's vet, who thank God is a great vet that Nancy happens to know.
She was in shock. Some blood in her stomach and some compression in her lung. But by Friday mid-day she seemed to be doing well and those things seemed to be settling down. She needs to rest for a week or so to make sure there are no further repercussions in those areas.
Biggest issue: vet says she did a "three-point landing" - held out her two front legs and landed on the backside of both front paws and her jaw.
1. 3-4 fractured teeth that need to come out
2. amazingly not a single broken bone (god bless the snow)
3. THE BIG ONE: totally messed up tendons in left front paw.
4. also some similar damage in right front paw, but much less severe
Vet says she needs a "pan carpal arthrodesis" - fusing the carpal or ankle into a fixed position. Approx $3,300. Follow up care is 4 months or so, with frequent trips to vet for checkups and xrays and splint changes. With followup care we're probably looking at $4,000. Plus she needs 4 teeth out and basic vetting (spay, shots, etc). Another $500 or so? She may also need the arthrodesis on the other leg but that's unknown at this time. If so, it's another $3,300.
This vet doesn't do orthopedics so Nancy called Dr. Rob (our wonder vet of Tucker and Sasha fame) in Topeka. He's going to talk to the other vet, but MOGS will have to get Lindey up to Dr. Rob for examination since x-rays don't show anything about tendons.
Dr. Rob says he's seen it happen that tendons can heal without surgery sometimes. We won't know anything more until Dr. Rob sees her mid-this coming week.
The Colorado horsewoman is the one who called Nancy Fri morning. She's willing to pay the vet's bill AND donate $3,000. Fabulous start. She's also collecting some money from the others at the horse show. So we're off to an excellent start. But we will need more help with her.
If you can donate MOGS does have a paypal link:http://mogsrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/donate
All help is appreciated in help with this sweet sweet girl!
Am told Lindey is very sweet, though a little standoffish for the time being. Shows signs of being abused - warms up quickly to women, more leary of men. Takes longer is all.