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Dog Hit By Car on I-270 Finds Forever Home

DUBLIN (James Jackson) -- A large dog, hit by a car on a busy Central Ohio freeway, and rescued by a motorist, now has a new home. ABC 6/FOX 28 first reported this story last month.

Our crew was there as the dog, affectionately named "Avalanche" by veterinarians, got ready to leave the Rascal Animal Hospital, in Dublin today. The dog was barking from his cage. That's a doggie-language farewell or a salute of sorts to the people there, who helped nurse him back to good health. Eron Shaffer works at the hospital. "When he first got here, he was pretty lethargic. Just laid his head down on things and now, if you would walk past him, he gets up and tail wagging," Shaffer said.

When Avalanche arrived a couple weeks ago, he appeared tired and was on pain medication. The Great Pyrenees was hit by a car on I-270, near Alum Creek Drive. Today, the woman who fostered him, after the painful ordeal, Kim Bright, officially became his proud owner. "I had just lost a dog a couple weeks ago and I could tell he needed somebody to take good care of him," Bright said.

Avalanche made plenty of friends at the hospital. Today he parted ways with his temporary housemates. He checked things out before getting in Kim's car to go to his new place. So what's in store for the gentle giant when he gets there? "Probably walk him around the back yard and just bring him inside and let him know that he doesn't have to leave again," Bright said.

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