Injured service dog’s condition improves

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The service dog critically injured in a crash Thursday is now breathing on its own.

The rollover happened near the Route 66 Casino.

Tango, the dog, was thrown from the SUV and suffered fractures to his pelvis and legs and his lungs were punctured.

Vets say the dog isn’t out of the woods yet, but if he stays stable he could undergo surgery Saturday.

The driver of the SUV, Leonard Day, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Several people called 9-1-1 to report the crash saying Day had been driving erratically.

Day has been arrested for extreme cruelty to animals.

Investigators say Day showed signs of intoxication and he could face DWI charges if his blood tests prove it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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