Odin was involved in a terrible rollover accident with his owner earlier this year. He was rushed to Animal Medical Center of Wyoming immediately following the accident, while his owner landed in the ICU at CCMH in Gillette.
Odin had to wear brace on both legs because one of his front legs had multiple fractures, while the other one was put into a brace support his paws during the recovery of his broken leg.
Odin’s owner had lost his job earlier in the year, and the injuries he sustained due to the accident were extensive -- meaning he’d be facing multiple medical bills in the near future. The Foundation has agreed to help pay for a portion of Odin’s medical bills including wrap changes for his injuries. Odin’s owner has set up a Go Fund Me account to pay for the remainder of Odin’s medical bills.
The Foundation would like take a minute to remind everyone who drives with their pets to drive safely. When pets are not restrained in a vehicle, they can become a deadly distraction for drivers. Further, unrestrained pets can become hazards during and after an accident as well. Check out these three tips to help keep you and your pet safe during your next ride:
- Consider properly restraining your pet in a specially designed seat belt, carrier/crate or barrier to avoid the pet being able to move freely in the car when moving and potentially causing you to become a distracted driver. And, please don’t allow your pet to sit on your lap while you drive.
- Just in case you and your pet become separated, make sure your pet’s collar has ID tags with your current contact information (like a phone number and/or address), and that their microchip is updated to reflect your current contact information as well.
- Preferably, your dog should ride in the cab of your vehicle, but there are a few tips for this. Although most dogs love to stick their head out the window and feel the breeze, the wind can cause issues with their eyes and ears, and it can blow debris or grit into their eyes. Please don’t drive with your dog in the bed of a truck. Not only could your pet injure or even kill himself, he could also cause an accident that could harm someone else. And, NEVER leave your pet unattended inside of a vehicle; cars heat up fast, even with the windows cracked.
- American Humane Society: Remember safety first while driving with pets
- DogTime: Driving with dogs
- Esurance: Driving with pets
- Forbes: The Dangers of Driving in Cars with Dogs
- New York Times: Pets and Distracted Driving