LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – A dog who was rescued by a U.S. Army Reserve Iraq war veteran last week is scheduled to be discharged from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Lee’s Summit Tuesday.
Last Tuesday, Aaron Schneider crossed three lanes of traffic on Interstate 470 East on foot and put himself in between oncoming traffic to rescue a dog who was hit by a vehicle that failed to stop. He was then able to coax the injured beagle off of the interstate.
Initially, he tried picking the dog up, but the beagle was in substantial pain and was defensive, so Schneider called 911 and was then referred to animal control for assistance.
Schneider waited nearly three hours in the rain by the dog’s side and was able to gain enough trust with the beagle to get him onto a makeshift stretcher and into the back of a friend’s pickup truck.
“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,” said Schneider. “Having served in Iraq, you see a lot of loss, which is one of the reasons I was determined to see him make it.”
Schneider and his friend took the approximately 5-year-old beagle to Chipman Road Animal Clinic, where he was stabilized and veterinary staff named him Buster. Due to the nature of his extensive injuries, one of the veterinarians at Chipman referred him to BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Lee’s Summit.
Specialists from BluePearl administered an emergency blood transfusion and have continued to provide supportive care for Buster’s five broken ribs, torn windpipe and internal bleeding.
“Without question, had Mr. Schneider not have helped Buster get to a veterinarian, he would have died from his injuries,” said Dr. Brian Lucas, a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist with BluePearl.
Thus far, attempts to identify Buster’s family have failed, so in addition to Schneider’s heroic actions, he intends to give Buster a permanent home with him once he is discharged from the hospital.
Friends of KC Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization dedicated to helping animals, has undertaken the financial costs related to Buster’s care. Members of the public interested in donating to Buster’s care and other pets like him should donate to http://www.friendsofkcanimals.org/donate/
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.