A small dog in Waterbury is left with broken legs after being struck by a car on Friday afternoon.
Luckily, several Good Samaritans were nearby who heard the cries of the animal and came to his rescue.
The owner of the 4-year-old Shih Tzu, Mason, was reunited with him yesterday, but says the worst isn't over for him.
Mason is suffering from broken legs and possibly damage to his pelvis, but the surgery can't happen until the owner raises close to $5,000 for the procedure. Until then, Mason is stuck lying in his crate under heavy medication.
"I was just thinking where could be, I couldn't sleep that night," said Liliana Medina, Mason's owner.
It was a restless Friday night for Medina after her dog went missing and was nowhere to be found. She received unbearable news that Mason wandered out of her home while she was at work and had been hit by a car.
"He's in a lot of pain you know, and there's nothing that I can do," Medina said.
Bystanders went rushing to the scene, joining forces to make sure Mason was cared for.
"I picked him up and brought him across the street into the Sunoco parking lot, and we sat there with him, I called 911. It was horrible to hear the cries coming out of that poor dog. It was heartbreaking," said Shauna Mori, a Good Samaritan.
The driver of the car stayed along with everyone else, but since Mason didn't have a tap with his owner's phone number, the women posted his pictured on Facebook, then Shauna brought him to the vet herself.
"He was lying on my lap the whole ride. Just holding him, petting him, telling him it would be ok," Mori said.
Medina was touched by their generosity, she learned today that one of the bystanders paid for Mason's exam.
"I appreciated it, a lot of people don't do that anymore and I'm nothing by grateful," Medina said.
Mason is still left suffering. Veterinarians can't move forward with his surgery until it's paid for in full and the Medina family doesn't have the funds. Medina will be forced to give up her rights to the dog and sign him over to a local humane society.
"It's a lot, it hurts me to keep him with me, but it hurts for me to let him go," Medina said.
Medina is hoping enough money can be raised for Mason to have the surgery. She is currently looking for an animal hospital that will help with the surgery without full payment up front.
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