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Dog survives 110-mile ride in truck engine

October 3, 2012 |  7:06 am


A 25-pound dog that stowed away in the engine compartment of a Chevy Silverado survived a 110-mile journey from Chino to San Clemente.

"The dog is doing very well, not affected by the long ride down there," said Kim Cholodenko, general manager at the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter, according to KTLA-TV.

The truck driver, Jaime Magaña, a 52-year-old building-restoration supervisor from Chino, said he had no idea a dog was with him during a trip Monday in his company vehicle from Chino to Orange to Camp Pendleton to San Clemente.

When he stopped in San Clemente for lunch and turned off the ignition, he could still feel movement in the truck. He said he could see fur protruding above the left front tire.

"I didn't want to look under the hood," he told KTLA-TV.

But he did, and was happy to find the dog.

"When I opened the hood he looked at me like thank you very much," Magaña said. "I didn't want to pull him out. ... maybe something was broken."

He gently pulled the dog out, dialed 911 and gave it water. Local officials are nicknaming the dog "Chevy" as they contact authorities outside Orange County to try to locate an owner.


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