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.
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.