This just in, dogs still cannot fly. However, all joking aside, Susie the four year old Maltipoo mix is one lucky pup. This ball of white fluff survived a terrifying 15 story fall in an exhaust shaft of a Fort Lauderdale condo high rise building. No, this isn't a story of some cruel master being horrible, but rather a pooch that hopefully learned that curiosity is occasionally a dangerous thing.
So how did this great ordeal come to pass? Well, owner Elaine Caralis and her emotional support dog Susie went to visit a friend at this high rise. However, while Caralis and her friend talked, the Maltipoo found her way into a closet where the protective panel of the shaft has been removed. In the blink of an eye, the curious dog was in it, yelping and yowling as she fell 15 stories onto a cement pad on the second floor.
Immediately, the owner and her friend called for help and the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue came to the dog's aid. With the help of other first responders, they cut holes above and below the second floor in order to get the dog out. After three hours of tireless work, they were finally successful and Susie was pulled from the hole. The fluffball was in shock, after all, she had just fallen a solid 15 stories onto a cement pad. However, afterwards she was taken to Oakland Park Animal Hospital where Dr. Spencer Ratnoff examined her.
The veterinarian stated that this pup was extremely lucky. Susie had fallen so far, but walked away with just a few bruises and lacerations. The fact that Susie had suffered no broken bones or internal bleeding was nothing short of a miracle. Dr. Ratnoff made sure to sit outside of Susie's kennel and advise her that dogs cannot fly.
It will be a few more days of observation at the clinic, but afterwards Susie is good to go home.