A partially blind dog has survived a fall from the balcony outside his owner's downtown Sacramento condominium into a hot tub 15 stories below.
The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that the 13-year-old Boston terrier, named Sam, was dog-paddling in the hot tub when workers went to investigate the cause of a giant splash they heard.
His owner's mother watches Sam during the day and tells The Bee that at first she assumed he had taken the stairs down, but then realized he couldn't have gotten out of the condo without slipping through the balcony's railing.
The pet suffered five broken ribs and several fractures to his pelvis in Monday's fall and is recovering at an animal hospital.
Sam's owner, Bill McCourt, says his dog enjoys catching sun on the balcony but will have to stay inside from now on.