"He was willing to do anything he could to help Luke," Sheppard said. "It was amazing, really. It made me feel very comforted to know that someone was taking the time to make sure he was being taken care of."
She contacted her brother, who had been caring for the dog while she was away, to tell him of the ordeal. Then she told him to get in touch with Williams.
As Luke got more comfortable in the cruiser he began to show signs of distress.
"We didn't even realize that he was injured," Williams said. "He was whimpering and licking at his paw."
Suspecting a vehicle had hit Luke, Williams contacted Sheppard again to tell her the dog was hurt and asked her what she wanted him to do. She told him to take Luke to the Animal Emergency Clinic in South Charleston. Her brother met him there.
Veterinarians X-rayed Luke's right front leg and paw and found that the bone had been fractured and splintered. They didn't have the equipment to treat Luke at the clinic but offered to make him comfortable and let him stay overnight.
Williams kept in touch with Sheppard, who returned early last Sunday, and the animal clinic. He wasn't the only one concerned about Luke.
"The guys were texting me, asking 'what happened with that dog?' and dispatch was asking about him," Williams said.
"Everybody calls up to check on him," Sheppard said. "He's going to be good as new."
Luke underwent surgery Wednesday at Cross Lanes Veterinary Hospital where veterinarians repaired the damage with plates and screws. Sheppard said the plates would come off in a few weeks but that Luke was looking at a three-month recovery time.
She said he behaves as if he isn't injured and still wants to run and play, but has to take it easy.
"He gets to lay around on the bed and get carried up and down the stairs," she said. "Life is good for Lukie.
"He's a lucky dog. Someone was watching out for him."
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.