The drive to save lives didn’t stop once Aaron Schneider returned from Iraq. The U.S. Army Reserve veteran risked his life Tueseday to save a stray dog that had been hit by a car in Missouri.
As reported by WDAF-TV, Schneider walked through incoming traffic to reach the five-year-old beagle, who was in a lot of pain. He waited almost three hours to gain enough trust with the dog to get him on a makeshift stretcher and to an animal clinic with the help of a friend.
“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,” Schneider said. “Having served in Iraq, you see a lot of loss, which is one of the reasons I was determined to see him make it.”
The dog, whom veterinary staff named Buster, is in intensive care at an animal hospital, but should make a full recovery. He suffered five broken ribs, a 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,” Dr. Brian Lucas of BluePearl Veterinary Partners said.
Buster’s family has not been identified, so Schneider offered the dog a permanent home with him when he is released from the hospital. Nonprofit organization Friends of KC Animals is helping with financial costs for the dog’s care and is accepting donations.
For more on this story, see WDAF-TV’s report.