In many Latin American countries, street dogs are overlooked by locals and authorities alike. Rarely do these unfortunate beings find the loving hand of a human, a meal, or a safe place to rest each night, but the world is changing and strays are being helped by caring individuals now more than ever before.
A Labrador mix from Ecuador found himself the victim of a car collision yesterday when he was hit as he attempted to cross the street. Injured and limping, the unnamed dog crawled to a sidewalk and lay there hoping for the pain to go away, or for a miracle to take place.
The miracle happened when two policemen noticed him, and instead of leaving him there to his own fate, the men offered the dog emergency care and later transported him to a veterinary clinic.
The officers who could have gone on with their day and ignored the stray instead approached the animal and investigated the seriousness of the injuries. At first they tried to encourage him to stand and walk away, but upon realizing he couldn’t bear weight on his injured leg, the unexpected heroes constructed a stretcher with a white sheet and carefully transported the stray to a nearby animal clinic.
The four-legged victim was taken to the animal shelter ARCA, where veterinarians and volunteers are looking after him.
It is our hope that once his injuries heal the dog finds a forever home.