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Thanksgiving gift, dog saved from fiery car crash in the canyon is mending thanks to many 

A white Maltese poodle named Peanut was injured in the traffic accident outside of the Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) on Friday, Nov 16, according to LBPD Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres. She belongs to the couple that was also injured during the crash and resulting fire.

 Peanut was in the parked car that was struck by a tow truck driver on Laguna Canyon Road adjacent to the ASL on early Friday morning, at 3:19 a.m. The parked car caught on fire due to the collision and was destroyed by the fire. Luckily, Peanut somehow escaped from the burning car. 

Later that morning around 10 a.m., a volunteer from the animal shelter that was dropping off food at Laguna Food Pantry next to the dog park saw Peanut crying in pain and running loose. The animal shelter volunteer caught Peanut and brought her to the animal shelter. 

“The animal shelter staff saw that Peanut was obviously injured so they immediately took her to the animal hospital for treatment. Peanut had been hit in the face during the traffic collision and had two hanging teeth and a hairline jaw fracture,” Beres said. “The veterinarian removed the two hanging teeth and X-rayed the jaw. Peanut was also treated with antibiotics and pain medications.” 

In true Laguna Beach spirit, Canyon Animal Hospital donated their services for the care of Peanut, according to Laguna Beach Animal Hospital’s Laura Dunaway.

The daughter of the injured couple has taken possession of Peanut and is caring for her while she recovers from her injuries. As of Tuesday, her father was still in the hospital recovering from his injuries, including a broken jaw, six missing teeth, a broken left index finger, and a back injury.

“He remains at the hospital,” said LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota. “The female in the driver’s seat sustained a broken rib and miscellaneous cuts. She was released from the hospital.”

“We are looking into establishing some sort of way for the community to help these people who were affected by this accident and we hope to have details on that early next week,” Friendship Shelter Executive Director Dawn Price said.