Hero cop saves dog with broken back. He needs our help.
Every once in a while, not too often, powerful forces come into play shaping our destiny and the one of those around us. Instances when the unachievable can become the achievable allowing a common man to become an uncommon hero.
Monday morning in Boston. Dino, a 9 year old Mini Pinscher, finds the door of his yard open and is run over by a speeding car. The driver doesn’t stop, leaving behind Dino’s frozen body and a crying young boy screaming for help.
That was the scene Sergeant Joe Leeman, from Boston Police District 7 found when he arrived to the site, and it was at that precise moment when Leeman — himself an animal lover who lost his own dog in a traffic accident — did something that set him apart from others. Instead of taking Dino to Animal Control where he would no doubt have been euthanized, he took him to a vet clinic for emergency treatment. After leaving Dino in good hands, Leeman went back to Police Quarters, raised 200 USD among his fellow officers and handed the money at the clinic to cover for the initial expenses.
By pure coincidence, we were in that clinic at that time. There we had a dog in excruciating pain, a disabled kid crying his eyes out and a kind policeman taking into his hands to see that Dino would at least have a small chance to live.
A simple look at the injuries made us realize that Dino didn’t have any chance. The humble family, a widow and her three kids wouldn’t be able to take care of the expenses needed for a proper diagnosis, not to mention neurosurgery. After giving Dino an anti-inflammatory, the vet was ready to send him home to a slow and agonizing death.
We were moved to tears. A tragedy was unfolding in front of our eyes. We couldn’t let it happen.
A few minutes later we were all in the car, heading to Tuft’s, Boston Leading Animal Hospital, where Dino is currently being treated by some of the best veterinarians in America.
Dino has a broken back and he urgently needs an operation. We have been given a USD 5.000 estimate and we had to pay USD 3.000 on the spot for Dino to be admitted and to begin treatment.
This is not only a animal rescue story, it’s a very human story where the kind actions of a good man have given a helpless animal and with him, his humble and loving family.
Update November 20
Dino’s operation was totally successful!!! what an incredible outcome!!!
His spinal cord was realigned by the wonderful doctors at Tuft’s and fixed with a sophisticated system of pins and special surgical cement…
We are amazed at the results and the extraordinary will to live this little old dog is showing us. The moment we saw him in that clinic we knew he was special, we knew he was loved, and we knew there was absolutely no hope for him unless we stepped up and saved him.
We didn’t think twice about it. He was speaking at us with his eyes.
Help me, he said. And we helped him.
What an incredible dog he is… such strength… Don’t believe it? See it for yourself here…
Dino still has a long way ahead though. He still hasn’t recovered his bladder and anus reflexes. They may come back or they may not, in which case his needs will need very special rehabilitation and care, but that is not really worrying us. What matters now is that he is alive, that he is progressing wonderfully and that he knows the Let’s Adopt! Global community will always be there for him.
Because that’s who we are, and that’s what we do…
For the animals
UPDATE 25 November
Dino, Dino, Dino… I will never forget his eyes meeting mine precisely a week ago. He was laying on his belly, grasping for air and I promise you, had he been a human he would have been crying bitter tears.
Instead he couldn´t do anything but breathing quickly and pulling his tongue out. He would occasionally yelp when touched or moved.
I will never forget the ride to Tuft´s, with his owner in the back comforting him and him shouting in pain with every twist and bump on the road.
I want you to try imagine how it was for him a week ago, only then you will fully appreciate THIS… (Scroll down)….
And THIS!!! the moving encounter between Dino and his family… That young man you see there is Carlos.. Dino has been with him since he was a young child, his best friend..
Dino is obviously much better but he is moving on to a second phase on his treatment. He can walk now but he still has not recovered control over the nerves that controlled his ability to pee and poo. He must be helped manually to do his bodily functions. This evening he is leaving the Hospital and is moving moving to a medical foster, our friend Maggie, where we will be tending to his physical needs while he heals completely.
As you read in this blog last week we managed to cover Dino´s initial admitting fee of USD 3000. Without this initial payment Dino would have remained paralyzed for life. Dino´s final bill has been considerably higher, and we still need your help to cover it.
Dino is well on his way to a new life. But he still needs your help…
You may not know this, but as a rescue we are committed for life to the health of our animals. Even after adopted, we support our families whenever the need arises. Dino´s needs will be met, for life. This commitment makes us, I believe, unique in the animal rescue group.
Please help us complete Dino´s rescue…. He´s our Dino now, we can´t let him down.
Many many thanks!