Crash leaves household stranded in New Mexico

The couple said they were on I-40 near Clines Corners when traffic slowed. The truck behind them didn’t. It hit their Dodge Ram truck, and the couple said they’d pulled up on the opposite side of the freeway. Physically they are fine, but their 11-year-old dog Rossko was thrown from the RV roof onto the truck, about 30 meters from the crash site.

A customer from Vista Larga Animal Hospital stopped by moments after the crash and took the injured dog to the hospital.

“We can’t even come, we’re on our way,” said Erin Loftus, office manager at Vista Larga Animal Hospital.

She was one of the first to greet the dog and help stabilize it last Thursday.

“When they showed up, we saw a dog who was in really bad shape and an owner who was devastated,” she said.

The dog’s owners said the only rental they could secure this week is a uhaul for their belongings. They said all of their nearby accommodation options are full because of the Balloon Fiesta.

Loftus said the hospital will set up a GoFundMe page for the family and look after Rossko at a discounted rate. The family’s cat also currently lives in the Vista Larga.

“You’re not just saying no, you’re doing what you can,” Loftus said.

The family said they will stay in New Mexico until Rossko is stable enough to travel again, which doctors say will take at least a month.

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