It’s unthinkable why anyone would want to harm an innocent dog, but there are still too many people out there willing to commit awful acts of cruelty.Luckily, one dog was saved in the nick of time by a bystander who witnessed a shocking act and decided to intervene.
According to WCTV, a woman was riding her bike on September 30 near Millpond Road in Thomasville, Georgia. Passing by a creek, she saw two men “holding something under water.”
She was shocked when she got closer and realized the men were attempting to drown a dog.
The woman intervened, putting her own life at risk by scaring the men off, saving the dog’s life just in time. “They immediately took off running and hopped into their truck and almost hit her while they sped away,” Lauren Warburton, an animal control officer who was called to the scene, told WCTV.
The heroic bystander called the police, and the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society took the mistreated dog into their care, grateful for the woman for saving the day.
“This amazing lady kept it together and called 911and waited with the pup until we arrived,” the humane society wrote on Facebook. “We were able to bring the dog, now known as Miss Hicks, in and give her the utmost attention and love.”
As if saving the dog’s life wasn’t heroic enough, the woman also reportedly paid for the dog’s heart worm treatments and adoption fees. Miss Hicks is now in better hands, but is still shaken up by the attempted drowning.
“It was a job to coax her out of her shell shock from the terrifying event she experienced,” they wrote. “She was given a sponge bath and lots of praise and pats to clean her up and calm her down.”
After such a scary ordeal, the humane society is hoping that Miss Hicks’ story will have a happy ending. She is now up for adoption, and will hopefully be going to a good home soon.
After her near-death experience, she definitely deserves a happy, peaceful forever home. “All they want is love and to be with a family that’s going to love them and take care of them for the rest of their lives,” animal care manager Jessica Collins told WCTV.