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Man rescues dog he says was thrown from truck

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South man said Tuesday a dog he recently recovered along an interstate highway is expected to survive, even though it was likely used for fighting.

Mario Chiozza has a new best friend in the form of a pit bull, Savior.  Chiozza picked her up on the side of I-40 east, near Sycamore View, in rush hour traffic Monday afternoon.

"I couldn't tell if it came out of the back of the truck or the side of the truck," he said. "I just know that the dog dropped out of the truck and ended up in the center lane."

Chiozza believes someone threw the dog out of a white pick-up truck on the interstate.  She ended up running a quarter of a mile in the center lane of the road as he followed her with his car's flashers on.

"She finally darted to the left and almost got hit then, but no vehicle ever touched her," he said.

An animal rescuer at heart, and by part-time trade, Chiozza pulled over, picked Savior up, and brought her to his veterinarian, Dr. Gregory Shaw.

"Even with oxygen and fluid and things she still had that 'eye of the tiger,' so to speak," Shaw said. "She kept that eye. She kept fighting. We kept fighting all throughout the night. This is how it went, but when she came in it looked pretty grim for us."

Shaw says Savior needed stitches for a busted face, and believes she may have been used for fighting.  Chiozza, meanwhile, said he won't leave Savior's side.

"There are some people who do care that she can be loved on," he said. "And like I said, we didn't know if she was going to make it. Whatever little comfort I could give her at that point, that's what I wanted her to feel."

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