CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ore. - A state trooper picked up an injured dog from a state highway early Tuesday morning.
The male dog is recovering from minor injuries at a veterinarian in Albany. The vet said the dog may be a Walker Hound breed.
The dog had a black collar but no ID or microchip.
Troopers found the dog on Highway 228 near Brush Creek Road around 6:30 a.m.
Troopers suspect the injured adult dog either fell out of a pickup or got clipped by a passing car.
State police ask for the public's help locating the dog's owner.
If you recognize the dog, you are asked to call (800) 452-7888.
Vet tech Amanda Upton said this is a perfect example of why you should have your pet implanted with a microchip. Information stored on the chip allows vets and shelters to locate an animal's owner, even if a collar and ID tag are missing.
Trooper doesn't have any broken bones - but he's lucky, Upton said. She's seen dogs get dragged behind cars or fall and get hit by other cars. She recommends crating dogs in the back of pickups.
Evidence suggesting he fell from a vehicle includes his only injury: a bloody nose and swollen snout. That would be consistent with a fall.
It is also possible he just ran away and injured himself another way.