Nervous dog rescued after being thrown out of truck at 50mph seeks solace in David Attenborough nature documentaries

A nervous terrier who was rescued after being ‘thrown from a truck’ is finding life in kennels difficult - but finds solace in watching David Attenborough nature documentaries. 

One-year-old terrier cross Freya was saved by kind-hearted members of the public who saw her being thrown from a vehicle travelling along Benover Road in Yalding, Kent, on Friday 28 January.

RSPCA Inspector Kirsten Ormerod, who is investigating the incident, said: “Freya was incredibly lucky to survive after being thrown from a truck travelling at 50mph. Witnesses who saw the shocking incident said she was thrown with such force that she landed on the opposite side of the road, and the vehicle didn’t even slow down.

“Some wonderful people who saw the events unfold rushed her to a local vet and contacted us to report the incident. Vets took Freya into surgery to check for any internal injuries but, amazingly, she came out of the incident relatively unscathed.

“She’s now being cared for by RSPCA staff at one of our centres and is doing really well but is finding kennel life stressful. Unsurprisingly, given everything she has been through, she is very nervous and kennels are just too overwhelming for her. 

“We moved Freya into her own private area of the kennels which is much quieter and calmer, and we’ve discovered that she loves nature documentaries so she has her own TV which is always playing David Attenborough programmes in the background! They seem to soothe her and help her relax!

“I’ve popped in to see her a few times and when I have case work and paperwork to do I often go and sit with her, have a cuddle and watch Blue Planet, which is her favourite. She just enjoys being with you.”


The RSPCA continues to investigate who is responsible for abandoning Freya in such a horrific act of cruelty and is appealing for anyone with information to contact the appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Ormerod.

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