SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) - A two-year-old dog is being treated for severe injuries and another dog died after jumping off a Lake Tahoe parking garage.
According to South Lake Tahoe spokesman Chris Fiore, two tourists from Oakland were finishing their ski day at Heavenly Village December 7, 2018. They were playing with their dogs, Titan and Comet, on the top story of the parking garage when both dogs, apparently accidentally, jumped off the deck and landed on the concrete five stories below.
“We found two dogs in obviously very bad shape,” says South Lake Tahoe Police Sergeant Jason Cheney, who responded to the call with Officer John Spaeth.
Sgt. Cheney put the dogs in his patrol unit, while dispatch started calling vets, trying to see if anyone could help. That's when Sergeant Travis Cabral was passing by Sierra Veterinary Hospital in South Lake Tahoe as it was about to close for the day. Fiore says the staff reacted immediately.
Titan died of his injuries after getting to the clinic. Comet, the brown dog seen in the attached photos, had a collapsed lung, broken femur, fractured vertebrae and bruised heart, leading to a necessity for more specialized care in Reno.
“I knew they were going to have to travel through Friday night traffic. So, I called Lt. Laney and asked him if we could expedite Comet’s travel to the emergency vet in Reno,” Cheney says. “He said, “Yes!””
Comet’s owners had to help him breathe the whole way to Reno, but they got him to an emergency vet where he is improving. He is breathing on his own and waiting to heal a little more so he can have surgery.
“It's most definitely not something in our normal wheelhouse, but it goes to show the nature of the human beings who serve in this profession and the hearts we have just like the citizens we serve and protect,” says Cheney.
Donations are being accepted at Sierra Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center in Reno. Call (775) 358-8555 to donate.