A truck driver, whose dog was reportedly stolen then tossed into a busy Massachusetts intersection last month, was reunited with his pet on Monday.
Everett Animal Control said the 10-pound Chihuahua-beagle mix, now identified as Tedge, was found badly injured in the middle of Route 16 on Jan. 30. Monday, his owner, Theron Miller, rescues animals regularly and said finding his dog must be his good karma.
"I love having him back. It's great," Miller said. "I love to hold him and love him."
Last month, investigators received an anonymous tip that the dog may have been thrown out of a vehicle — possibly from a black Cadillac Escalade.
As vehicles drove by him, two good Samaritans, Jamie-Lee Hersey and Chris Desrocher, got the dog off the roadway and called for help.
The dog, who was called "Jamie" after being found, had to have his leg amputated due to the severity of his injuries.
After police identified the owner as Miller, he was reunited with Tedge. A truck driver from Montana, Miller takes his friend everywhere. When he drives across the country, Tedge comes with him in the passenger seat.
"When you see me, he's there," Miller said.
It was a stop in Everett at a warehouse that changed all that.
"I let him out to run a little bit because he's always in the truck," said Miller. "He didn't come back this time."
Everett Animal Control says the department refused to put Tedge down. A local dog day care called "The Dogmother" raised the money on GoFundMe to help with surgery costs.
"If this was any other city, I don't think this dog would be alive because no one else is going to raise $9,000," said Melissa Doherty-Geuvin of The Dogmother.
"I love him, and he's just, like, my partner," said Miller.