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When Jaime Magaña made a quick stop for a bite to eat during a drive from Chino to San Clemente, California, he was surprised to find his work truck still shaking even after shutting off the ignition. He was even more surprised to find a 25-pound dog in the engine compartment of the Chevrolet Silverado!
The petite Keeshond-mix is doing wonderfully after what must have been a frightening, sweltering ride next to the engine of a truck for 110 miles on Monday.
Magaña told The Orange County Register, “When I opened the hood he looked at me like thank you very much. I didn’t want to pull him out. … maybe something was broken.”
But, when he pulled the little dog out from the gap between the engine and the front of the truck, he was doing just fine. Magaña immediately called 911 and gave the dog water, amazed that the little dog had survived the high temperatures at the truck’s engine.
Animal Control arrived on the scene, placed the dog in the air conditioned cab of their truck, and were astounded when the dog they’re now calling “Chevy” was doing well.
Animal Control is now hoping to locate the dog’s owner. And Magaña says he will post flyers around his neighborhood to help. But, if an owner isn’t found within 5 days, the Keeshond-mix will be neutured, vaccinated, and microchipped before being made available for adoption.
“Chevy” is being held at San Clemente Animal Control. The shelter can be reached at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, at 949-492-1617.