CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Midlothian woman is thanking a good Samaritan who rescued one of her dogs after it got hit by a car on Route 288 on Tuesday.
Jordan Zema says her two dogs, Leo and Dude, accidentally got out and somehow made it to the highway.
She told 8News if it wasn’t for the help of complete strangers — the dogs may not have found their way to safety.
Angi Hamer was one of those strangers. She was driving on the highway in between meetings on Tuesday when she came upon the dog in the road.
“What I thought was honestly a small deer at first because he’s fawn colored and small, but then as I got closer I go, ‘oh that is a dog,'” Hamer said.
That dog she found belonged to Zema. It was hurt and bleeding after being hit on the road. Hamer says she and two other women stopped to help.
She quickly realized the injured dog’s brother, Leo, was also there at the scene.
“I opened the hatch to the van and they both jumped in,” said Hamer.
The back of her van quickly became a bloody mess from Dude’s injuries.
“It sounds silly but it really looked like disaster had happened in my car — because he was pooling blood then shaking his head,” Hamer said.
Hamer drove Dude to Iron Bridge Animal Hospital.
“So splatter from the back where he was all the way to the front,” Hamer said. “I was driving to the vet [blood] was getting on me.”
Chesterfield County Animal Services arrived on scene and transported Leo to safety.
The dogs’ owner says she’s heartbroken over what happened — but grateful for strangers’ help.
“If it wasn’t for [Angi] I don’t know that I’d ever see them again,” Zema said. “Not many people would stop for animals in the middle of the road but especially big dogs.”
The interior of Hamer’s van is still covered in blood. She tells 8News the clean up will come with a price tag.
“$1500 dollars was the minimum he told me,” said Hamer. “I think my insurance is gonna help out so that’s nice.”
She tells 8News she is not looking for money, but glad to know the dog is recovering. Despite damage to her car, Hamer says she did not think twice about stopping.
One of her dogs recently got out of the yard and she says that pup also made it home thanks to the help of a stranger.
“You just help each other and just hope the same thing,” said Hamer. “[Dude and Leo] were on an adventure and they just needed a little bit of help.”
Zema said Dude was expected to be back home Wednesday night.
“There’s no brain damage that we know of,” says Zema. “He’s limping, he may have a couple of sprained bones — but nothing serious.”
It’s unclear who hit Dude along Route 288.
Chesterfield Police tells 8News there is no criminal investigation underway.