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Dog Hit By Van During A Police Chase Will Survive, Vets Say

After Gordo was hit during the Wednesday night chase in Los Angeles, Twitter mobilized to #savethewhitedog. He was expected to undergo surgery Thursday afternoon, and donations are coming in to cover the cost of the procedure.

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Los Angeles residents tuned in to to watch a police chase Wednesday night involving a white van.

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As the chase wound through South L.A neighborhoods, the driver struck a small white dog.

The driver and a passenger were stopped by the California Highway Patrol and arrested on suspicion of stealing the van, KTLA reported.

Attention quickly turned to saving the dog, with locals expressing their hopes for his recovery on Twitter.

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I'm a cat lover but #savethewhitedog dammit.

get well, "man's best friend". #savethewhitedog

ramoJ Sotnas@j_santos15

get well, "man's best friend". #savethewhitedog

11:39 PM - 17 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Even police in the area got involved, and the dog was soon identified as Gordo.

**Update: Have not heard of any luck finding the white dog yet. Hoping someone saw it happen and took it to get help. #savethewhitedog

LAPD Southeast@LAPDSoutheast

**Update: Have not heard of any luck finding the white dog yet. Hoping someone saw it happen and took it to get help. #savethewhitedog

9:48 PM - 17 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The 1-year-old Maltese mix was taken to a local animal hospital, where treatment began.

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He went into surgery Thursday afternoon.

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ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals' Kim Carey and Annie Lo said they would work to save his severely injured leg. The animal hospital was accepting donations online, which poured in since the dog was injured Wednesday.

The dog's owner told local media that he had opened his door to see the pursuit passing by, and Gordo ran out into the street.

Gordo's owner on fox 11 at 5! Why was dog out? @myfoxla #savethewhitedog

christina gonzalez@cgfox11

Gordo's owner on fox 11 at 5! Why was dog out? @myfoxla #savethewhitedog

12:18 PM - 18 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Claudia Koerner is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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