“It was hard. When I saw the impact, I thought, ‘This dog is not going to make it,’ because it happened right in front of me,” Semenuk said. “I thought, ‘There’s no way, there’s no way this dog is going to come out of this alive.’”
Ruger was pinned under the front bumper, but the car didn’t stop, and the front tire rolled over his paw, trapping him underneath the vehicle. Semenuk ran across the lanes and told the driver to stop the car and put it in park.
Luckily, backup was already serendipitously on its way. “At that point, an off-duty [California highway patrol] officer sees what’s happening, and pulls over,” Semenuk explained. “He asks if we need some help. And I say, ‘Yeah, we have to get this car off of this dog.’”