Dogs recovering after RV police chase, driver identified

California

Video of an intense police chase in Southern California shows one dog clinging to the RV as it raced down the roadway. Another was also dog inside.

Authorities say those two dogs are now recovering from injuries, while the woman who led the pursuit is now in custody and facing charges.

Veterinarians say the Mastiff mix is doing really well considering the circumstances.

She came in for emergency care Tuesday night, with significant lacerations and soft tissue injuries.

“She let us clean her paw. She let us place the bandage on her paw. You know she’s really a sweet dog,” Dr. Hughes Sanders, the veterinarian, said.

Like many, Dr. Sanders saw what that dog had been through during a pursuit through the San Fernando Valley.

The dog was perched on the edge of the RV as it raced down the street and eventually jumped out for safety.

“It’s heartbreaking, you know, anytime you see an animal anxious or in trouble or simply getting hurt. It’s heartbreaking,” Dr. Sanders said.

When the pursuit finally came to a crashing end in Tarzana, there was another dog with the driver, who has been identified as 52-year-old Julie Ann Rainbird.

Animal Control says they now have custody of both dogs and are checking microchips to see if they belong to Rainbird or someone else.

Investigators are now trying to figure out if Rainbird bought the RV using a stolen identity.

Luz Sanchez says her purse was stolen several months ago.

In a video she posted on Facebook, Sanchez say she just recently found out someone had used her information and went on a shopping spree.

“The person that stole my identity had bought a motorhome under my name,” Sanchez said.

She says police called her Tuesday, to tell her about the chase.

“It’s been a huge roller coaster for me,” Sanchez said.

It was a huge roller coaster for the animals that got caught up in this, as well, but vets think this dog will make a full recovery.

“She has a rocky road the next couple weeks, but we expect her to do really well,” Sanders said.

Rainbird was taken into custody and to a hospital with minor injuries.

Authorities say she had two warrants out for her arrest, a $150,000 warrant out of Burbank Superior Court and a $160,000 warrant out of San Fernando.

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