Thor, a three-year-old Doberman pinscher, had the unbelievable bad luck of getting into a grave accident in front of his own home in Holliston, Massachusetts. The dog, a beloved pet of his carers, Peter and Eunice Rogaishio, was struck by not one but two cars – and needed immediate medical care.
After the accident, Thor’s carer, Rogaishio was in shock. He waited for Animal Control to arrive, but during heavy rush hour, they were clearly taking too long. Finally, he decided not to risk the dog’s life any longer – and put Thor in the back of his car to get him to IVG MetroWest in Natick as soon as possible.
Desperate to help his dog in time, Rogaishio illegally passed several vehicles, one being a Natick Police Officer. Rogaishio was pulled over and arrested on the spot. Seeing the dog lying lifelessly in the back seat and the blood on the man, the police took his truck and rushed Thor to the emergency room at the clinic.
Miraculously, Thor emerged from the accident victorious! He was transported to Tufts Medical in Grafton with three broken legs – compound breaks to both of the front legs and a shattered femur. He also suffered facial injuries and has a number of other wounds.
Fortunately, the police did recognize that there were extenuating circumstances that made Rogaishio drive the way he did. At his hearing, he was ordered to complete a traffic safety course in the next two months.
The estimated cost of Thor’s medical care is $22,000 – which does not include the months of recovery ahead of him. To help his family with the immense costs, Lisa Zais, who witnessed the moments right after Thor’s accident, created a crowdfunding page.
“Thor’s will to survive is amazing, he has the heart of a lion!” she writes about the pup. The beloved dog has a long way to get back to health yet – but the worst is already behind him and, with a little bit of help, he will hopefully have the chance to forget all about the ill-fated day of his accident altogether.
You can help Thor and his family by donating to his medical care via his GoFundMe page.
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