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This Sept. 20, 2012 photo provided by the East Providence, R.I., Animal Control Center shows animal control officers removing a female poodle mix from under a car's front grill. The dog survived an 11-mile ride from Taunton, Mass., to East Providence after darting into the street. The driver slammed on the brakes, but didn't see the dog and continued driving. Authorities are trying to locate the dog's owner. (Associated Press)<br>

This Sept. 20, 2012 photo provided by the East Providence, R.I., Animal Control Center shows animal control officers removing a female poodle mix from under a car's front grill. The dog survived an 11-mile ride from Taunton, Mass., to East Providence after darting into the street. The driver slammed on the brakes, but didn't see the dog and continued driving. Authorities are trying to locate the dog's owner. (Associated Press)

Dog in car's grill survives 11-mile ride

Last Modified: Wednesday, October 03, 2012 10:38 AM

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Animal welfare authorities say a dog survived an 11-mile ride from Massachusetts to Rhode Island — at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour — after it was hit by a Toyota sedan and became wedged under the front grill.

East Providence Animal Control supervisor William Muggle says the female poodle mix ran in front of the car in Taunton on Sept. 20. The driver slammed on the brakes, but didn't see the dog, so continued driving.

Muggle told the Taunton Daily Gazette that it wasn't until the driver reached East Providence, R.I., that another motorist pointed out the dog.

The driver went to the police station, where animal control officials freed the fluffy white pooch. The dog suffered a concussion and possibly a minor bladder rupture.

Authorities are now trying to find its owner.

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