The rescue team expected an upsetting sight, but it was worse than they feared. The stray dog had wandered into a random yard, but now he couldn’t get up. As the team approached, they realized just how bad the situation was and that they had to act quickly before it was too late.
That rescue group was California-based non-profit organization Hope For Paws. It was created back in 2008 by husband and wife team Audrey and Eldad Hagar. To this day they remain actively involved with Paws, and Eldad frequently attends animal rescues.
Indeed, it was Eldad – along with his co-worker, Loreta Frankonyte – who attended a rescue involving a wounded stray dog. On July 28, 2017, Paws uploaded a video on its official YouTube channel documenting the event. It all started with a call from a concerned citizen.
Apparently, a member of the public contacted Paws about an unexpected visitor they found in their yard. The new arrival was a dog that appeared to be a stray, but there was something wrong with him. The poor little guy had collapsed in their yard.
“Loreta Frankonyte and I responded to the call and rushed to the location,” Hagar described via the video’s caption. They arrived to find the property owner had locked the yard gates to prevent the stray’s escape. However, as the pair were to find out, escape wasn’t a likely outcome.
Due to his injuries, the stray had trouble getting up and didn’t show any signs of trying. The property owner had thoughtfully placed a mat on the floor for the pup, and she’d fed him, too. But she also had some other news for the Paws team.
She informed them that she thought the dog – who Paws would later call Milo – had broken a paw. He was definitely in pain, and just a cursory glance told Hagar that the limb was swollen. Even in such a state, though, Milo was welcoming.
Although moving was clearly distressing for him, the appearance of Paws’ leash spurred Milo into action. He tried to resist being put on the lead – and even got to his feet – but his paw wouldn’t support his weight. It gave his rescuers an opening, though.
In order to safely transport Milo, Paws placed a blanket down on the floor. Frankonyte tried to lure Milo onto it, and eventually, she succeeded. Unfortunately, though, there was still the matter of getting Milo into a position where they could move him.
He wasn’t an aggressive dog – indeed, he seemed to love affection – but his suffering was affecting his behavior. “Milo showed his teeth to warn me that he was in a lot of pain,” Hagar described on the video. Even so, he made no move to bite his rescuers.
The Paws team managed to move Milo by lifting up the blanket he was lying on. “We created a makeshift gurney, and Milo was cooperative,” Hagar wrote. “He knew we were there to help him.” But there was one more thing to do before they could set off.
Hagar checked to see if Milo had been microchipped, in the hope of identifying him. However, they had no luck; if the dog did have a home and an owner, their details would remain a mystery. In any case, there were some more immediate worries to contend with.
And that was to find out what was wrong with the stricken pooch. Once they had him in the vehicle, it was time to concentrate on getting him better. Their first stop was the veterinarian, so they could discover the reason for the pain in Milo’s paw.
Initially, the rescuers had been told that Milo had a broken paw, and it certainly seemed that way. Happily, though, an X-ray revealed that there was no break. It was determined that Milo was suffering from a bite wound that had become badly infected.
The doctor got to work straight away and extracted a large amount of fluid from Milo’s shoulder. In addition, he was prescribed some antibiotics to treat the infection and some medication to manage the pain. It wasn’t long before they saw some improvement.
It wasn’t an easy road for Milo, but his body slowly began to heal and he regained his personality. Hagar’s video captions described his improvement. “The recovery process was long, but Milo was a trooper, and he is now happy to receive affection.”
Paws watched as Milo transformed from a stray dog all but consumed with pain to something entirely new. As he started to feel better, Milo became more active, and he couldn’t stop himself from running around. Moreover, he showered his rescuers with grateful affection.
“Even with a bandage, Milo transformed into a happy, playful dog,” Hagar reported. The dog who bared his teeth in pain at Hagar seemed completely different to the fusspot kissing his rescuer. But the good news didn’t end for Milo there, either.
“Our friends at Cause for SB Paws found [Milo] an amazing forever home,” Hagar informed on the video. “[His] new family says his loving nature brought new life and happiness to their adopted senior dog, Grace.” Milo has finally found the home he always deserved.
“Milo got so lucky when he collapsed in a yard of a Hope For Paws fan,” Hagar wrote. “Because of your support, rescues like this are possible. It’s the only way for people to get to know about us and call us for help when it’s needed.”