Dog ‘thrown out of truck window hurtling down rural road at 50mph’

Freya, the dog thrown out of a vehicle at 50mph.
Freya was rushed to the vets (Picture: RSPCA)
A dog is lucky to be alive after being ‘thrown’ from a vehicle doing around 50mph on a rural Kent road. The animal – later named Freya – appeared to be starving and covered in her own mess when horrified members of the public came to her aid after watching the incident unfold.

The one-year-old terrier cross was rushed to vets, who performed surgery amid concerns she may have suffered internal bleeding.

They also discovered she had fleas after the incident last week.

Witness Deborah Hollingdale explained: ‘The woman in the car behind saw an arm stick out of the driver’s window and threw something out as they were going about 50mph.

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‘She thought it was a teddy bear at first, then she saw it was a dog which ran onto my drive.’

The Yalding resident continued: ‘I found her, she wasn’t making any noise.
Freya, the dog thrown out of a vehicle at 50mph.
There were fears that the animal had internal bleeding (Picture: RSPCA)

‘The first thing I noticed was that she looked starved. She was just skin and bones, you could see her hip bones poking through.

‘Her fur was matted, she was covered in her own mess and she smelt terrible. It was clear she had been living in her own filth.’

Deborah wrapped the dog in a towel and then rushed her to a vet for emergency treatment.

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But she was ‘heartbroken’ again when she returned to visit Freya.

Freya, the dog thrown out of a vehicle at 50mph.
Freya is now eating a bit more to build her back up (Picture: RSPCA)

‘She’s still very thin, she’s getting lots of small meals to help build her up gradually’, Freya added.

‘She gave me a little lick when she saw me, it broke my heart.

‘I’m so thankful she survived being thrown out of that van.

‘Given the state she was in I don’t think she’d have survived much longer living in the conditions she was being kept.’

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Vets found Freya, who does not have a microchip or an identification tag, was underweight, suffering from fleas and with a matted, dirty coat.

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Along with members of the public, they alerted the RSPCA to the young dog’s plight. Inspector Kirsten Ormerod, who is now investigating, said they were told that Freya was seen being chucked out of the driver’s side of a flat-bed truck that was travelling at around 50mph along Benover Road in Yalding, in the direction of Collier Street, at 5.45pm on Friday evening. ‘Freya was incredibly lucky to survive after being hurled from the moving vehicle at such a high speed and vets were incredibly concerned that she may have suffered internal bleeding so performed surgery immediately’, Kirsten explained.

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‘Vets are monitoring her closely and have given her pain relief and I am keeping everything crossed that she pulls through after experiencing such callous cruelty.

‘Witnesses described her being thrown with such force that she landed on the opposite side of the road, and the vehicle didn’t stop or even slow down.’

Kirsten said the RSPCA were following some lines of enquiry in the local area but are keen to hear from any witnesses or people who have information about the vehicle, the people in it or Freya.

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