Hope for Paws Rescuer Dragged by 110-Pound Dog As She Worked Tirelessly To Save Him


Animal rescuers are some of the kindest and bravest people in the world. They go into all kinds of unknown situations to save the life of a scared animal.

The people at Hope for Paws are no exception to this rule. The Los Angeles, California, based nonprofit’s goal is “to educate people on the importance of companion animals in our society to stop the cycle of animal neglect and abuse.”

“We rescue dogs and all other animals who are suffering on the streets and in the shelters. We foster these animals in our home, cage free, until we can find them permanent loving families,” their website reads.

During a daring rescue in November, Loreta Frankonyte and Eldad Hagar chased after the largest dog they had ever rescued.

Gershwin is a Saint Bernard who had been living in the desert for two months without a reliable source of food or water.

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“Someone dropped him off in the middle of nowhere like he was trash, and now he had nobody,” Hope for Paws said. The poor dog had been trying to survive at a truck stop.

A Good Samaritan called Eldad and Loreta, and waited for over 2 hours until they arrived.

They first tried to trap the large animal, but they quickly learned that Gershwin was afraid of men, so Loreta had to step in by herself to save the poor dog.

Eldad sat in the car as Loreta approached the 110-pound dog with a burger in her hand to try to gain his trust.

It was 107 degrees outside and Loreta sat in the damp grass, patiently working with the dog to try to get him close enough for her to use a snare.

“I have never been more nervous in my life,” Loreta wrote on Instagram. “My heart was pounding, my knees were shaking, I was alone and I only had one shot!”

When the Saint Bernard turned his back to her, she was able to get up on her knees and sneak up with the snare. But the work had only just begun.

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The 110-pound dog dragged Loreta on the ground like a rag doll, but the rescuer refused to let go as Eldad came running to help.

The rescue team was able to get Gershwin to calm down and into their car where they took him to get a nice bath.

Thanks to the hard work and persistence of Loreta and Eldad, Gershwin is safe and happy, and ready to find a forever home.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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