Family Dog in "Critical Condition" After Being Struck During Police Pursuit in South LA - NBC Southern California

Family Dog in "Critical Condition" After Being Struck During Police Pursuit in South LA

Sparks flew and lookiloos gathered during the 30 minute chase in South LA.

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    Family Dog "Gordo" Recovers After Being Struck During Pursuit

    Gordo, a white poodle mix, is recovering after being hit by a motorist who was being pursued by authorities in South LA Wednesday night. Toni Guinyard reports live from Culver City for Today in LA on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. By: Jeff Scharping (Published Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014)

    A family dog was in critical condition Wednesday night after being struck during a harrowing 30-minute police chase that wound through streets in South LA and drew out lookiloos who gathered on street corners while the chase went down.

    The pursuit ended after 9 p.m. with the driver and a female passenger in police custody. Police in riot gear formed a line in the street afterward to try to disperse the crowd.

    The chase started about 8:30 p.m. with a report that the white Chevrolet Astro van may have been stolen.

    The van jumped curbs onto sidewalks and circled at intersections, while groups of people gathered and raised their arms as the van passed.

    Family Dog Caught in Police Pursuit

    [LA] Family Dog Caught in Police Pursuit
    A dog was injured when it was hit by a driver fleeing police in South Los Angeles. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014)

    The van drove mostly with its headlights out.

    At one point, the driver of the van hit a dog that was running in the street. 

    The dog, named Gordo, is a small, white poodle mix who lived with his family at a home on 87th Street in South LA. He was taken to a 24-hour animal hospital and was in critical condition as of Wednesday night. 

    Hospital officials confirmed with NBC4 Thursday morning that the dog will have to do undergo surgery. One of the dog's hind legs may have to be amputated. 

    For those who would like to donate to help with Gordo's recovery, visit the Access Specialty Animal Hospitals site and click on the link that says "Click here for Access Los Angeles payment" and pay via PayPal. 

    Robert Kovacik and Samia Khan contributed to this report. 

    RAW VIDEO: Pursuit Ends With Arrests

    [LA] RAW VIDEO: Pursuit Ends With Arrests
    A family dog was caught in the middle of a police pursuit in South Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014)

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