Kelsey Schumacher was leading a group of soon-to-be rescuers in a rural Iowa field until something unexpected happened. After many hours, they still hadn’t found the blind, injured dog they were looking for. The young black dog was visibly afraid whenever a member of the rescue team got too close. After many attempts, Schumacher finally came up with the brilliant idea to use a long-range form of rescue.

The dog was near a busy highway, so they were under pressure to act fast and get the dog to safety.

That’s how a 15-year-old cowboy named Will on the back of an ATV lassoed the dog and allowed the other rescuers to gently capture him in a humane cage. The pup finally received the medical care he needed.

Heart Animal Rescue posted continuous updates on Facebook and shared Will’s journey to recovery.

Although Will has plenty of health checks ahead of him, every day he is getting stronger. X-rays revealed that he had an injured hock joint and gunshot fragments in one of his rear legs, according to the rescue. He’s also missing some teeth. An ophthalmologist is also working with the pup in hopes of him regaining his sight.

After days of living outside in the cold and surviving traumatic injuries, Will was finally eligible to be relocated into a forever home to continue his long journey to recovery. Thanks to the dedicated rescuers that saved his life, he will now get to enjoy the rest of his life in comfort!

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