This story is an amazing example of the bond between animals and thankfully has a happy ending. When Chile, the yellow lab mix, was hit on the Deegan Expressway, her son, Husky, came to her rescue. He fended off traffic keeping her from being struck again. When police and animal control arrived, Husky held his ground and made sure no one messed with his mom. After several attempts, Chile was loaded into a vehicle. Police then herded Husky down an off-ramp and he was eventually reunited with his owner. Chile is being treated for a broken leg and is expected to be fine.
It’s certainly reminiscent of that remarkable dog that tried to rescue an injured dog on a Chilean freeway by dragging it to the shoulder.
Like many/most countries, Chile isn’t an easy place to be a dog. It’s estimated there are 220,000 stray dogs in the Santingo area alone. Earlier this month, Chilean authorities raided the Benjamin Vinuña Mackenna Animal Protection Society where disease is rampant and animals are being killed in huge numbers instead of sheltered and adopted out. This organization was established in 1915 and reportedly is representative of the conditions in most shleters in Chile.
These images seen from the surveillance cameras show a very common situation with our overpopulated highways. It is normal for us to see dogs run over. In the video, we can see this dog fighting for his life because he was run over by the vehicle. What is very touching is to see the very heroic actions of this other dog who is trying to pull him to the side of the highway. We are going to keep seeing things like this until we find a solution to the dogs living on the streets.
All of this was captured on security cameras in Chile. First, one dog is struck by a car on a busy freeway. Then another dog appears and begins to haul the injured dog to safety on the side of the road. Amazing and kind of heartbreaking to see the dog’s persistence while no one stops to help.