Stowaway dog survives hot journey

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Carolina survived two days in excruciating heat.
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- This is a story of survival. A dog spent two days in the back of a tractor trailer in temperatures well above 100 degrees. No one saw her get on the truck until she jumped off in a warehouse in Lawrenceville. She was sickly and barely alive.

Gwinnett County Animal Control said the dog is now thriving and waiting for a new home. "The veterinary clinic took it upon them to nurse the dog back to health," said Cpl. Jake Smith.

On July 19, a tractor trailer backed up the loading dock at the Masonite Door Corporation in Lawrenceville. When the driver opened the back door, the dog ran out and into a corner of the warehouse where it cowered in fear. "When the dog ran out, everyone in the receiving department went to try to round it up and see if it needed help," said plant manager David Toll.

Veterinarians at a clinic in Lawrenceville who nursed the dog back to health did not want to be identified. They named the dog "Carolina." Carolina is a 4-year-old shepherd mix and should be healthy enough to be adopted in another week or two.

"That's fantastic news," Toll said, adding that when animal control picked the dog up at the warehouse, he thought she was too sick to survive. "The animal control officer thought that they might put her to sleep, which we were pretty upset about. I'm really glad to hear that something good might come out of this after all."

Toll said he and his staff grew attached to the dog as they watched her for several hours until an animal control officer arrived. He took a picture of the dog before she was taken away.

Carolina's journey began in Denmark, S.C., hence the name. She apparently wandered onto the truck without anyone noticing. Forty eight hours later, she got out in Lawrenceville. "Most likely it was a stray animal there, wandered into the truck looking for food or something and got close in," Cpl. Smith said.

She has captured everyone's hearts since then, including the vets who at first contemplated putting her down. "The dog was sweet and very good natured," Cpl. Smith said. "The veterinary clinic felt like it had a very good fighting chance to survive, and it's thriving."

Carolina is thriving so well she's almost ready to begin a new journey. That journey will take her to a home she's never had.

Anyone interested in adopting Carolina can call the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter at 770-339-3200. For a listing of other animals available for adoption, visit the shelter's website.

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