At first, Angi Hamer thought she was driving toward a wild animal injured along the side of a highway in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
As she got closer, Hamer realized she was actually looking at someone’s pet: a brown-colored dog who was bleeding and in desperate need of help.
In the middle of a busy workday, Hamer certainly could have kept on driving, arguing that she did not have the time to stop.
But she could not leave the animal alone and quickly pulled her van over.
“What I thought was, honestly, a small deer at first because he’s fawn colored and smaller, but then as I got closer I thought, ‘oh no, that is a dog,'” Hamer told WRIC-TV.
The dog was named Dude and he had escaped from his yard with an accomplice, his older brother Leo. Another woman named Diane Armstrong Almond also pulled over to help.
Thankfully, both pups readily jumped into Hamer’s car when she opened up the back, so she got them in and headed for Iron Bridge Animal Hospital.
A Midlothian woman is thanking a good Samaritan who rescued one of her dogs after it got hit by a car on Route 288 on Tuesday. https://t.co/UxBDkNRBdL
— 8News WRIC Richmond (@8NEWS) April 18, 2019
Hamer said that Dude’s injuries left her van pretty bloody, but she was only concerned with getting the dog medical attention and hoped to reunite the dogs with their owner.
“It sounds silly but it really looked like disaster had happened in my car — because he was pooling blood then shaking his head,” Hamer said.
With blood in her van and even on her body, Hamer had a big mess to clean up, but she believes it was worth it.
Both dogs were reunited with their worried owner, Jordan Zema, who said it was an accident that her dogs got out and wandered toward the highway.
Zema is thankful that a good Samaritan like Hamer was there to care for her dogs.
“If it wasn’t for her I don’t know that we would have ever seen them again,” Zema said. “Not many people would stop for animals in the middle of the road but especially big dogs.”
Hamer said that cleaning her van will come with a hefty price tag — around $1500 — but her insurance plans to help cover the expense.
Hamer is not concerned with the money, she is just thankful she was in a position to help, knowing that she would have wanted someone else to do the same for her.
“You just help each other and just hope the same thing,” Hamer said. “They were on an adventure and they just needed a little bit of help.”
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