Photos: Lindey, German Shepherd Thrown Off Kansas City Overpass, Recovering After Surgery

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Lindey, Kansas City's "miracle dog" - MISSOURI GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE

What's worse, dragging a small puppy for a mile on a highway -- or throwing one off of an overpass? Both horrible incidents happened right here in the state of the Missouri, and both dogs miraculously survived. We gave readers an update last week on Trooper, the puppy that was dragged by an unknowing driver on I-55 last year; he is having a smooth recovery and getting letters of love from across the globe.

And today, we bring you news of a Kansas City german shepherd that was apparently thrown over a 40-foot-tall overpass -- and survived. "Lucky Lindey," as the rescue team is now calling her, had surgery on Thursday.

Who threw Lindey over a bridge -- and how did she survive?

It's still unknown how exactly Lindey ended up falling from the Cesar Chavez viaduct and landing in the Hale Arena parking lot last Friday.

It does not, however, appear that she climbed and accidentally fell. The Missouri German Shepherd Rescue, which took in Lindey and has been raising money for her recovery, says:

Witnesses saw Lindey "suddenly come flying over" and land in a snow bank. She didn't jump or climb, and then fall or tumble over. She appeared to be propelled from behind.

No one went to Lindey's aid. One witness called to have someone "pick her up". Lindey sat there in shock and agony, and managed to drag herself as far as an icy wet spot on the conrete where she could move no further.

There was a horse show at Hale Arena and apparently two attendees eventually came to the aid of the struggling dog and drove her to the vet.

MISSOURI GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE
  • Missouri German Shepherd Rescue

The rescue organization says that no owner showed up to see if the dog was okay.

Her condition was serious.

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Missouri German Shepherd Rescue says:

She was in shock, had blood in her stomach and compression in her lung. X-rays were taken. Exams were done. Miraculously no bones were broken. But the exam showed she had major damage to both front legs and her mouth.

The vet saw no injuries to indicate she was hit by a car. He believes her injuries indicate she did a three-point landing: she hit the snow bank with both front feet and her jaw taking the full force of the impact. She did exactly what we humans would do - she put her paws out to try and break the impact.

And the group has this scary reminder/warning on its page: "ANYONE WHO WOULD DO THIS TO A DOG WILL DO IT TO A HUMAN."

After news reports, advocates raised $14,800 for Lindey, who had surgery on Thursday.

It'll be months before Lindey, who is believed to be about two years old, will be ready for adoption.

In the meantime, check out these photos and videos of the recovering dog below.

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