Dog Survives Four-Story Fall
(NewsCore) - A two-year-old Shiba Inu puppy miraculously survived a four-story fall from the roof garden of an Upper West Side townhouse after hurling himself over an unguarded ledge.
"It's a miracle," owner Tracy Aron, a Broadway theater producer who lives on West End Avenue, said. "A week after falling 50 feet [15 meters], he's able to walk up and down the stairs."
Kai took flight Dec. 3 after Aron led him up to the roof. A lattice fence surrounding the garden had been removed because of a renovation, and Kai playfully jumped from roof to roof, bounding over the knee-high ledge.
"I said, 'Kai, come back!'" recalled Aron. "He was looking right at me and my girlfriend and just launched himself from the back of the building thinking there was another roof. We watched him fall and then heard a thud and his crying."
Traumatized and panicked, Aron knocked hysterically on her neighbors' doors crying for help.
Aron's friend dialed 911, where an operator told her any animal-related issues had to be dealt with by 311. An operator with 311 told her to call 911.
On the third try, she told 911 to come help the three adults who were now sitting on the dangerous ledge and needed help.
"I thought, 'He's dying on the ledge and no one will help and we're wasting time'," Aron said. "I've never felt so guilty about anything in my life."
The police helped transport the injured pooch to a vet, where the puppy was put in the intensive-care unit for three nights.
A week later, Kai was home and healthy -- although he cannot see out of his right eye and is on steroids to reduce swelling. Amazingly, he broke no bones
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