MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The dog that fell off a Brickell Avenue drawbridge and lived to bark about it now has a Facebook page and her own email address.
In mid-July, a 28-pound terrier plunged 30 feet from the drawbridge above the Miami River.
David Bernstein, 37, saw the stray dog walking across the Brickell Avenue drawbridge as it began rising over the river. He got out of his car and tried to save her, but it was too late.
Eighteen hours later, Brickell — who rocked a pale red sweater— was found on a puddle-filled concrete landing beneath the bridge — alive and unharmed but doused in oil and mud.
After a week of no one stepping forward as Brickell’s owner, CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald reports Bernstein is making arrangements to keep her.
“I suspect she was homeless,” he said. “I’ve been flooded with emails and phone calls for people who want to adopt her, but no one who actually owned her.”
If by an outside chance you are Brickell’s owner and have proof, you can call 954-496-0051 or email email@example.com for additional information.
Damian Torres, a manager at Brickell Animal Hospital where the dog was first taken, said it’s plausible she lived on the streets considering her conditions.
“Brickell left with an ear infection, vaginal infection, fleas and skin condition,” Torres said. “All things that were not caused because of her fall.”
Now pictured on Facebook, she sports a new red dog tag, pink collar and blue leash.
Bernstein plans to continue posting articles, photos and emails he has received that tell of Brickell’s road to recovery.
Because of Brickell’s “strange story,” Bernstein said, the Humane Society of Greater Miami has provided Brickell with food, treats and has even offered to spay Brickell for free.
“Her story gives people hope. She has a bed now, food, water,” he said.
You can email Brickell at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find the fuzzy friend on Facebook, just search for “Brickell the miracle dog”.
The Miami Herald contributed to this report.