Dog who fell off BQE reunited with owner

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- The owner of the pit bull who survived after falling about 30 feet off the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway has been located, according to the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group.

The dog, who had been nicknamed "Meeker" for where it was found in Greenpoint, has been recovering at the hospital after witnesses saw it tumble off the BQE and onto the ground Tuesday night.

The director of the communications for the hospital, Maria Moss, says the dog's real name is Wookie and his owner filed a report with the lost and found program run by the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals in conjunction with Animal Care & Control and ASPCA just a few days ago.

Wookie has since been reunited with his owner. (Photo: VERG Facebook)

Wookie has since been reunited with his owner. (Photo: VERG Facebook)

The alliance is a private charity that consists of animal rescue groups. It is not affiliated with the Mayor's office, according to a spokesperson for the alliance.

"A volunteer for the program identified the dog as "Meeker," and helped reunite the owner and his dog," VERG posted on Facebook. "Unfortunately, pets do get lost in New York City."

Moss says the owner went through all the right channels to report the dog missing.

The owner contacted the clinic at 2 a.m.

The hospital and the NYPD are unsure how Wookie fell from the BQE.

Police are looking into reports that the dog was thrown.

The dog is recovering from a collapsed lung and may require surgery for other injuries that are consistent with a fall.

Wookie and his owner have since been reunited, but the dog will be staying at the hospital for another three to seven days.

"Now we must focus our efforts on getting Wookie better, and on finding out who would do such a horrible thing to him," the hospital said.


  • kathy dottery

    how dumb are you people to allow him to get his dog back ,if any of my pets were lost or fell i would be there in a second this has been on the news for days now and he just comes forward .come on people do your job and never allow this poor dog back,so i guess all the people this dog being thrown off the bridge are all lying

  • Carrie Quick

    They’re not lying. They simply JUMPED to the wrong conclusion. No one on street level, or up on the viaduct actually witnessed the dog being thrown. Rather, phrases were used such as “appeared to have been thrown”. Since the initial story, an eyewitness who actually observed the dog running alongside of traffic has come forward, and emphatically stated that the dog jumped on its own volition. But why let that something as trivial as the facts get in the way of your own self righteousness?

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