One of the saddest and most terrifying scenes while driving is seeing an injured, scared dog on the side of the highway. But thanks to a caring Iraq war veteran, one dog is safe and will soon have a new home.
Aaron Schneider credits his Army training for the actions that saved a severely injured beagle on the side of a busy Missouri highway. While driving down the road, Schneider noticed the hurt dog, who was hit by a car by a driver that didn't stop. He pulled over and raced across three lanes of 70 mph traffic to get to the hurt pup.
Schneider had to coax the understandably defensive dog off the interstate while traffic raced by. Once Schneider was able to get the injured dog off the highway, he called 911 and was told to wait for animal control to arrive. So he did. In the pouring rain. For three hours.
While waiting for animal control, Schneider gained the trust of the dog, who he named "Buster." Schneider realized he couldn't wait any longer for animal control to arrive, so he made a makeshift stretcher, placed the pup in the back of a friend's truck, and rushed to an animal clinic.
"My combat lifesaver training kicked in and I'm thankful I was able to use it to help him," Schneider said in a news release. "Having served in Iraq, you see a lot of loss, which is one of the reasons I was determined to see him make it."
According to a report
, the 5-year-old beagle "had broken ribs, a torn windpipe, and internal bleeding, but he's expected to recover."
And this story has a happy ending, because Schneider says he wants to give the dog a loving home once he is well enough to leave the hospital.
High paws Aaron!
Hat tip to OKCFOX.com