ACC to seek court custody of dog thrown off Blue Heron Bridge, asks for witnesses to come forward

Posted at 6:59 PM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-24 18:59:18-05

With the help of a splint and a lot of TLC, 8 year-old BJ is walking on his own again.

A miracle, according to veterinarians, after the Jack Russell Terrier mix was thrown nearly 50 feet from the Blue Heron bridge last week.

“He’s eating well. He’s drinking well. He loves to go outside,” said Animal Care and Control Veterinarian Dr. Dacia Oprisanu.

An incredible turnaround from a incident that left him fighting for his life, with severe swelling and an injured paw.

However, a new battle could be around the corner. “We are planning on going for court custody,” said Dianne Sauve the Director of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

Animal Care and Control says the family of the young woman accused of throwing the dog over the bridge will not give up custody of BJ. And that concerns Sauve greatly.

“I’m not comfortable putting BJ back into a home without knowing that he’s not ever going to be in danger again,” Sauve said.

ACC is asking for anyone who was there that day and witnessed the incident to come forward, hoping any information can help them make sure BJ ends up in a safe environment.

Both PBSO and ACC’s investigations are open and active.

It is not entirely clear what relationship the girl had to the dog. However, we know she was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation after the incident.