MCMURRAY (KDKA) – A very lucky dog is on the road to recovery thanks to a motorist who stopped on a rural road in West Virginia to perform CPR.
Zachary and Chelsey Schultz are now going to adopt Lucky.
"I was attached to him in five seconds. You just look at him, he warms your heart," said Chelsey.
But before Lucky was lucky enough to find his loving family, he was in was in a bad situation.
Zachary was driving home from work Saturday night, winding through the rural backroads of Hundred, West Virginia, when his headlights caught a glimpse of something.
"He found a dog laying in the middle of the road. It was lifeless at the time," said Chelsey. "So he jumped out of his truck. He performed CPR and was able to bring him back to life. He just grabbed him and threw him in the truck and came to me."
But there were no clinics open near their home in Waynesburg, Greene County. So, they decided traveled to University Veterinary Specialists in McMurray.
"He was pretty bad off when he came in," said veterinary surgeon Dr. Lynne Snow, of Lucky's condition.
Skull fractures, bruising on the brain and lungs, a broken femur and nerve damage. Zachary's heroic actions most likely saved Lucky's life after he was struck by car.
"It's pretty unusual. We do hear it sometimes, dogs that are in house fires with smoke inhalation, we'll hear of their owners giving mouth to snout CPR, but it's not very common," said Dr. Snow.
But Lucky is no common canine, and Chelsey believes this connection is no coincidence.
"Alright, this is obviously meant to be, so now we have a third dog," Chelsey said.
One quick-thinking animal lover, one dedicated medical staff, one lucky new pet.
"Luckily, we made it," said Chelsey. "His name was very fitting."
Once the dog recovers, he will have a new home with the Schultz family. Donations to help pay the veterinary bills are being accepted on the University Veterinary Specialists' website here.
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