GOOD DEED! Army veteran risks life to save injured beagle (PHOTOS)

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(Photo: BluePearl Vet WDAF-TV)

LEE’S SUMMIT, Missouri (WDAF) — A U.S. Army Reserve Iraq war veteran risked his own life again on Tuesday to save a stray dog, WDAF-TV reported. Aaron Schneider witnessed the dog get hit by a car whose driver failed to stop on Interstate 470 East in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Initially, he tried picking the beagle up, but the dog was in substantial pain and was defensive, so Schneider called 911 and was then referred to animal control for assistance.

Schneider crossed three lanes of traffic on foot and put himself in between oncoming traffic and the dog until he was able to coax the injured beagle off of the interstate, according to reports.


Buster the beagle (Photo: BluePearl Vet WDAF-TV)

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.

Schneider and his friend took the approximately five-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, Chipman’s veterinarian referred him to BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Lee’s Summit.“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.”

Specialists from BluePearl administered an emergency blood transfusion and are continuing to provide supportive care for Buster’s five broken ribs, torn windpipe and internal bleeding.

Buster remains in the intensive care unit atBluePearl, but is expected to make a full recovery.


Aaron Schnieder (Photo: BluePearl Vet WDAF-TV)

“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.

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.

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  • Meredith

    Thank you for being one of the special people…a job well done, thank you so much from animal lovers everywhere and from Buster most especially….you are wonderful!!!

  • Angelica

    Sometimes it’s not us saving them, it’s them saving us! This beagle came into your life for a reason and I’m so glad he’ll spend the rest of his life saving you.

  • Donna

    I did the same act you did for your hurt beagle, and wrapped her in a towel and rushed her to my Vets office 40 miles away. IV'S were given, $300.00 later I got to bring her home with her new name, LUCKY!! I left my number in mailboxes within 5 miles of where she was hit and no response. I became the NEW PROUD owner of this incredible beagle to add to the 3 I already had!!! A dog LOVER I AM, but I told GOD that day, it had to be a BEAGLE, not a cow, or skunk….a BEAGLE!!! I was just at the right place at the right time and it work out beautifully for both of us!!! Someone was WATCHING!! GOD< THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!