MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Firefighters are hoping their efforts will lead to the recovery of a Jack Russell terrier who was critically injured Sunday in a car crash on Franklin Road.
The dog, named Jack, was projected into the front windshield when the car he was riding in hit a power pole just before 7:30 a.m., according to officials with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department.
"The driver involved in the accident was unharmed and refused treatment from Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services," said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the Fire Department. "Jack was found in the floorboard of the front passenger side. It was obvious he was injured and would require immediate care."
She said crews immediately realized that he had trauma and lacerations to his head. Jack was also unable to move his back legs.
Not knowing the full extent of Jack's injuries, crews from Ladder 9 used "extra precaution immobilizing him and removing him from the vehicle," McDonald said.
It was cold and raining, so Jack was wrapped up in a warm coat and taken to the 24-Hour Animal Medical Center on River Rock Boulevard, she added.
Capt. Mark McCluskey, who works for the Fire Department, made contact with the clinic later in the day to check on Jack. The veterinarian’s assistant informed him that Jack had a concussion, but his bleeding was not from internal injuries, officials said.
“He was listed in stable, yet serious condition,” McCluskey said. “We just hope that what we did, gave the little guy a fighting chance.”