Army veteran risks life to save injured beagle

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (WDAF) — A U.S. Army Reserve Iraq war veteran risked his own life again on Tuesday to save a stray dog. Aaron Schneider witnessed the dog get hit by a car whose driver failed to stop on Interstate 470 East in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Army veteran risks life to save injured beagleSchneider crossed three lanes of traffic on foot and put himself in between oncoming traffic and the dog until he was able to coax the injured beagle off of the interstate, according to reports.

Initially, he tried picking the beagle up, but the dog was in substantial pain and was defensive, so Schneider called 911 and was then referred to animal control for assistance.

Schneider waited nearly three hours in the rain by the dog’s side and was able to gain enough trust with the beagle to get him onto a makeshift stretcher and into the back of a friend’s pickup truck.

“At the end of the day, my combat lifesaver training kicked in, and I’m thankful I was able to use it to help him,” said Schneider. “Having served in Iraq, you see a lot of loss, which is one of the reasons I was determined to see him make it.”

Schneider and his friend took the approximately five-year-old beagle to Chipman Road Animal Clinic, where he was stabilized and veterinary staff named him Buster. Due to the nature of his extensive injuries, Chipman’s veterinarian referred him to BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Lee’s Summit.

Specialists from BluePearl administered an emergency blood transfusion and are continuing to provide supportive care for Buster’s five broken ribs, torn windpipe and internal bleeding.

Buster remains in the intensive care unit at BluePearl, but is expected to make a full recovery.

“Without question, had Mr. Schneider not have helped Buster get to a veterinarian, he would have died from his injuries,” said Dr. Brian Lucas, a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist with BluePearl.

Attempts to identify Buster’s family have failed, so in addition to Schneider’s heroic actions, he intends to give Buster a permanent home with him once he is discharged from the hospital.


    • Steph

      Did you ever think that maybe by posting the picture (albeit with him in it) that maybe the family that owned him might recognize him? Why does anyone feel the need to judge another persons actions?? You are not God, therefore you have no right to judge anyone. If more people cared, our world would be a better place!

  • Amanda Rios

    But he still rescued him n is gonna give the dog a home once he recovers that’s amazing I’m a dog lover my pets r my life. So I wanna say thank you for wat u did cuz if I would have been there I would have done the SAME

    • Jennifer

      .AAAmen!! Thank You, Dear Angel!! P.S. Do NOT FREAK over Friday the 13th….. JUST Laugh at it Like the REST of US!!!???” thanks!!!

  • James Judge

    When I was writing the press release, I asked Aaron about the “selfie.” He told me, he to took the photo to send to his friends to try to get them to come help, which in the story, it talks about how one of his friends came to assist him with a truck. I hope this clears a few things up.


    James P. Judge
    Media Relations Manager
    BluePearl Veterinary Partners

  • SherryB

    Sounds like Animal Control needs an overhaul there..3 hours and still he had a friend help with the transport. I take it AC never showed…Pathetic….WONDERFUL soldier, well done, he served the people of this country and saved the life of man’s best friend…I thank him for both..

  • Bo

    That is what I like to hear, good ending animal stories instead of the countless horror animal stories. Way to go Veteran, If everyone could just be like you!

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