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Homeless man's dog severely injured by car and the beautiful story that followed

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On Monday, a dog who belongs to a homeless man was severely injured when he was struck by a car in Roseville, Calif., reported Tuesday's ABC News 10.

Though the driver of the car which struck the dog did not stop, a good Samaritan did.

Jennifer Martin saw the injured dog, named "River," and she made the decision to do what she could to help.

She stated:

"I called my husband and said he is going in my truck. Meet me over at the hospital."

River was taken to the Pet Emergency Center where veterinarians determined that he had a fractured pelvis which required surgery to repair.

Martin gave what she could and then, because River's guardian, Steve Anthony, was financially unable to pay for his injured dog's veterinary care, she took up a fundraising effort through Facebook.

According to the Chester Foundation, who was contacted by the veterinary hospital for help with funding for River's diagnostics, what followed was a "Christmas Miracle."

The Chester Foundation wrote:

Donations began pouring as the news spread of River and his owner’s heartbreaking story. River’s Dad has been overwhelmed by the generosity and outpouring of support.

The outpouring of donations was so great that River was able to have surgery on Tuesday, and funds have been obtained for the pair to utilize during River's recovery.

The Chester Foundation wrote:

Donations have made it possible to not only cover Rivers surgical procedure, but also to raise funds to provide temporary housing. It is essential that River recover in a confined space and his owner must have a place to stay during the cold winter months. River’s recovery is expected to be long, and a warm place to stay will aid in making a comfortable recovery.

Prior to Monday night's accident, River and his guardian called a cave "home." Now, thanks to the compassion and generosity of strangers, there is hope for a warmer, brighter future.

The Chester Foundation addressed the question that so many people want answered...what does Steve Anthony need:

He wants to stay in Roseville and wants to find employment. Any leads on employment or housing can be called into Atlantic Street Veterinary Hospital 916-783-4655 where River and his owner are staying.

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