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Army veteran risks life to save injured dog who was struck by a car

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According to Friday's Fox 4 News, a United States Army Reserve Iraq war veteran crossed a busy interstate in Kansas City, Mo., and sat in the rain for hours, to save the life of an injured beagle who was struck by a car.

On Tuesday, Aaron Schneider saw the beagle get hit along Interstate 470 East; the driver who struck the dog did not stop, but Schneider did. By foot, Schneider crossed three lanes of traffic to reach the injured dog and he managed to get him off of the busy roadway.

After phoning 9-1-1, Schneider sat in the rain, by the dog's side, for almost three hours, waiting for help to arrive. Eventually, the dog who previously would not allow anyone to touch him, had enough trust in Schneider to make a move from the side of the road possible.

The dog's new, life-saving friend constructed a makeshift stretcher and carefully loaded the dog into a friend's truck.

Schneider stated:

At the end of the day, my combat lifesaver training kicked in, and I’m thankful I was able to use it to help him,”

“Having served in Iraq, you see a lot of loss, which is one of the reasons I was determined to see him make it.”

The dog, dubbed "Buster," by staff at the Chipman Road Animal Clinic, was stabilized and then moved to BluePearl Veterinary Partners for specialized care. Though Buster has extensive injuries, including broken bones and internal bleeding, he is expected to recover.

Dr. Brian Lucas, a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist veterinarian with BluePearl Veterinary, credits Schneider with saving Buster's life:

Without question, had Mr. Schneider not have helped Buster get to a veterinarian, he would have died from his injuries,

The non-profit organization, Friends of KC Animals, has taken Buster, and his veterinary expenses, under their wing. Anyone hoping to contribute to his care can do so here.

Buster's owners have not been located - the man who saved him from dying alone on the interstate intends to offer him a permanent home as soon as Buster is healthy enough to leave the hospital.

Read more about BluePearl Veterinary Partners and Friends of KC Animals, here.

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