by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
CLARKSTON, Ga. - A dog injured during a high speed chase with Brookhaven police is recovering from life-saving surgery.
Dash cam video shows the aftermath of a fiery crash in Brookhaven last month where Homeboy, a pit bull mix, was a passenger. The wreck almost ended the puppy’s life.
Police said his owner, Donald Miles, hit a pole fleeing from officers in the stolen car.
Dog breeder Nickel Thurman adopted the dog to Miles weeks before, and told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik she was shocked to see her beloved dog on TV.
“I was heart broke. It was sad," Thurman said. “He's a good puppy. He's only 4 months old.”
DeKalb firefighters cared for Homeboy at the scene, but his battle was just beginning.
"I immediately got on the phone to find out where he was located to make sure he was alive and still kicking," Thurman said.
By the time Homeboy ended up at Northlake Veterinary Surgery in Clarkston, doctors said he was in very bad shape.
"He was severely debilitated. Because he had a fracture in his front leg and hind leg, he was unable to walk," said veterinarian Dr. Matt Corse.
Corse performed emergency surgery. He said it couldn't wait.
"It had already been a week since the injury occurred and if you wait too long, the one thing the puppy will do is try heal it in the wrong position, which complicates how well you're able to put it back together," Corse said.
Corse said Homeboy should fully recover. Thurman plans to care for him and said she's thankful for the quick actions of all involved.
"It's awesome. They're angels from the skies man," Thurman said.
Homeboy's surgery would have cost $5,000, but the veterinarian gave the family a discount.
They are trying to raise money for the $3,500 surgery. You can donate here.