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Dog Hit By Car on I-270

DUBLIN (James Jackson) -- New tonight, a dog is recovering, after being hit by a car on a busy Central Ohio freeway. Now, animal advocates are asking for help finding his owner. The dog's been affectionately named "Avalanche" by vets.

It's been a long day for the white Great Pyranees. He's hooked up to an IV at the Rascal Animal Hospital and getting nursed back to good health, after a scary morning.

Wendy Innocenti was on her way to work, at her home-building company, around 7:30, when she saw him walking on I-270, near Alum Creek Drive. "Unfortunately, traffic was going at such a rapid pace this morning that a car did hit him and he flew off to the side of the road," Innocenti said.

Innocenti also pulled to the side, right in front of him. She says he was still breathing. "I walked over. Wrapped him up with a blanket and he popped his head up. Like he woke up," Innocenti said.

Then she put the pooch in the back of her car and drove him to the animal hospital. "Part way through, started barking. It was the most beautiful sound I've ever heard. He barked all the way in," Innocenti said.

Hospital staff say Avalanche is between three to five years-old. Unfortunately, he's busted up pretty bad. Crystal Albanese works at the hospital. "He has a lot of bruising to his chest and his abdomen from where the car hit him," Albanese said.

But, that bruising doesn't seem to be life-threatening. Tonight, they're asking Avalanche's owner to come and get their dog. Wendy Innocenti, who sells homes for a living, hopes this big, gentle guy eventually finds his.

If you recognize Avalanche or know his owner, you're asked to contact Colony Cats and Dogs at (614) 570-0471. If his owner doesn't come forward, he'll be placed in foster care.
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