(CBS) – Sam The Boston Terrier is looking good considering what he’s been through. He’s still very bruised and swollen, with fractured ribs and fractured pelvis.
But good news-doctors tell us he’ll be home by the end of the week.
This is Sam. 13 years old. Partially blind. But tough enough to survive a fall from the fifteenth floor of a high rise building…one of the tallest in downtown Sacramento.
Sam’s owner Bill McCourt explains what happened. “He actually went down all fifteen stories into the hot tub that you see right there…”
That’s right, Sam’s owner Bill says his precious pooch drifted in the air and took a dive, bottom first, into the hot tub on the first floor.
A neighbor drinking coffee on the balcony saw the dog on his way down.
Moments later, he heard a splash.
Bill saw it with his own eyes on surveillance video–which the homeowner’s association won’t release.
McCourt picks up the story. “The dog actually..when he goes into hot tub… hits it dead center and starts swimming to find way out, and his got way to steps and pulled his way out.”
Bill wasn’t home. But says Sam must have been in a state of shock because even with broken bones, he managed to walk out of the hot tub! He walked a few feet toward a couple of maintenance workers.
They pulled him to safety.
“I just assumed that he wasn’t alive,” adds McCourt.
Sam’s been at the animal hospital for the last few days. On Christmas Day, he had his one and only surgery on his bottom where he landed. Doctors say it’s hard to believe but he’ll be able to walk again in a couple weeks.
McCourt know Sam’s a lucky dog. “It’s just ridiculous luck. I mean there’s just no other way about it.”
Sam returns to the vet today, and will be back for some check ups next week but hopefully he’ll stay home for good.