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Update: German Shepherd Recovering, Adjusting to New Stillwater Home

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A German Shepherd has found a new place to call home after he was thrown off a bridge in Oklahoma City earlier this month.

"Rookie" is currently in Stillwater where he is recuperating from a procedure to help mend one of his injured legs after being thrown off the bridge and onto I-44.

According to Rookie's Facebook page, his new family said he is getting stronger everyday and "has become a social butterfly."

Last week, a surgeon inserted pins into his kneecap due to his leg being broke in four places.

The Oklahoma County Sheriffs Office also released a statement regarding Rookie and the reward still being offered for the identification of the individual responsible.

"Dogs are 'man's best friend' and are dependent upon humans for food, shelter and care. In return they provide unquestioned companionship and love, for someone to throw Rookie off of a bridge is unconscionable and the sign of an inherently evil person. We are doing everything possible to find the person responsible so that person can answer in a court of law."

According to their release, the Human Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspect. They also announced that Barry and Becky Switzer have added $1,000 and Max Fairchild and the AutoMax Dealership are committing at least $1,500.00 to bring the reward total to at least $7,500.00.

Rookie's incident happened when the Oklahoma County Sheriffs Office responded to the area of Southeast 59th Street in Oklahoma City where a dog had been reportedly thrown from the bridge and onto Interstate 40.

A police report says a truck driver witnessed the incident. Authorities contacted the owner listed on the dog's collar, who said she had given the dog to someone else.

Upon his arrival to OSU Veterinary College Teaching Hospital, Rookie was in critical condition with a fractured leg and internal bleeding. The Humane Society of the United States is covering all veterinary costs for Rookie.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office said they are still seeking information from the public regarding this animal cruelty case. Anyone with information should contact the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office at 869-2501.

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