When a tanker went off the road near Lakeland on Wednesday and spilled gas all over Interstate 4, no one expected the clean up to include a small, fuzzy dog.
Workers found the pooch covered in gas, trapped under pieces of rock in a ditch. Concerned Florida Highway Patrol troopers rushed the pathetic pint-sized pup to Kathleen Animal Hospital in Polk County. She was a mess. She had a hard time standing. There was talk she might have broken a bone.
"All it did was sleep, and ate a little bit," hospital manager Crystal Feldman told FOX 13.
She has been affectionately named "Pebbles" because of where she was found. After a good clean up, X-rays and a thorough exam, the vet who examined Pebbles says her recent trauma didn't hurt her.
Still, Pebbles' health isn't very good because she is 13 years old. Like many older people, her sight is failing, she can't walk as well as she used to, and her teeth need work.
It is unclear if she is going to get any of the medical attention she needs because no one knows where she came from or who she belongs to.
A microchip traces her back to a town in Tennessee, but the phone number registered to the chip is no longer active.
"Probably someone moved down here or gave the dog to someone who moved down here, " said Dr. Derek Stansberry of Kathleen Animal Hospital. "Either they dumped her or she lives close by and she got loose somehow."
Pebbles will be ready to be released from the hospital in a few days. Staffers are hoping someone steps forward to take her.
If you know anything about Pebbles, or want to help, call (863) 859-1100.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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