Dog saved from commuter's car engine

The pup is now known as 'Engine'

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

HOUSTON - When a driver got to North Cypress Medical Center on Monday morning, in northwest Harris County, she made a surprising discovery.

After the woman parked, the Cy Fair Volunteer Fire Department spokesman said the driver heard whimpers coming from under her car's hood. A dog was stuck in the engine.  She called 911.

Cy Fair VFD spokesman, Robert Rasa said, "We do get animal rescues from time to time.  They are fairly rare especially in this case where it was a dog that was entrapped in an engine."

Firefighters said they had to take apart part of the engine and remove a wheel simply to get to the little dog now known as "Engine."

The VCA Telge Road Animal Hospital kindly agreed to care for her and gave her the new name.

"She has quite a few areas that are red to black," said Dr. Martha Mollett, veterinarian.  Dr. Mollett said about 25 percent of Engine's skin is burned.  She told Local 2, "There's a concern that these wounds may not heal, that the skin may sluff off. So, that's the biggest concern, just maintaining her hydrated."

Dr. Mollett estimated engine is 10 to 12 weeks old and could be a dachshund / basset hound mix. Firefighters said Engine could be from near the Woodlands because the driver lives near I-45 and FM 1960.  That's about 45 minutes away from where Engine was found stuck in the car engine.

Engine is expected to be in the hospital for the next two to three weeks.  The animal hospital is looking for the owner.  If the owner is not quickly found, Engine will be up for adoption. 

For now, the hospital is taking donations to help pay for Engine's care.  You can help by calling 281-955-9797.

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