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Aaron Schneider, an Iraq war veteran, risked his own life (again!) to save a Beagle hit by a car on a Missouri interstate.
Schneider witnessed the dog being struck on Interstate 470 East in Lee’s Summit. The driver that struck the dog kept driving, leaving the severely injured Beagle to die in the street.
A true hero, Schneider crossed three lanes of busy traffic on to get to the injured dog. He attempted to pick up the Beagle and move him off of the road, but the poor dog was in a lot of pain and defensive. So Schneider put himself between the injured dog and oncoming traffic, ensuring he wouldn’t be hit again.
“Having served in Iraq, you see a lot of loss, which is one of the reasons I was determined to see him make it,” he explained to Fox4KC.
Schneider called 911 who referred him to Animal Control. He sat by the Beagle’s side for nearly three hours in the rain, waiting for help to arrive. Finally, he was able to coax the dog onto a makeshift stretcher and into the back of a friend’s pick-up truck.
Schneider and his friend drove the injured dog to the nearby Chipman Road Animal Clinic, where he was stabilized and veterinary staff named him Buster. Buster was then transferred to the BluePearl emergency hospital in Lee’s Summit where he’ll be treated for five broken ribs, a torn windpipe, and internal bleeding.
Buster is currently in intensive care at BluePearl, but is expected to make a full recovery, thanks to the heroic actions of Aaron Schneider.
Unable to find Buster’s owner, Schneider plans to adopt the dog whose life he saved as soon as he’s recovered.
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 www.friendsofkcanimals.org/donate/.