PHOENIX – Thousands of animals in need of emergency care across the Valley put in plenty of late nights for the Arizona Humane Society.
A dog’s recent ordeal led to a three-day stay in the trauma hospital.
Buddy, a two-year-old pit bull terrier mix, wandered away from his owner, noticed another dog near 35th Avenue and Broadway, then got his head stuck in a block wall.
“The other dog didn’t like him very much and bit him several times on the head,” said veterinarian Andrew Tornell.
Someone called the Arizona Humane Society, and the paramedics spent about 20 minutes cutting bricks to save Buddy.
Humane Society staff would then reunite Buddy with his owner through a card created by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.
“Buddy’s owner was actually on this map and could see that her pet was found not far from where she lost it. She found all the information and contacted us,” said Francisco Cabella.
Buddy’s owner, Cabella said, had no idea the dog got stuck in that wall.
“The dog is one of the friendliest dogs I have ever seen. You wouldn’t have imagined he had just gone through this ordeal,” Cabella added.
The doctor says those who work at the animal trauma hospital receive about 10,000 calls a year for sick, stray and injured animals. If you notice an animal, like this one in need, the doctor makes sure to report it: do not approach the animal.
“So for the experts, that’s the best approach. They’re trained in it. They have all the tools and supplies for that and it’s the best option for the animal,” Dr. Tornell said.