A dog that had just 24 hours to live got a second chance at life when a pilot flew 750 miles to rescue her from being killed.
The dog, Adrienne has severe bladder prolapse after she was allegedly abused and was in need of surgery.
According to vets, the damage was caused when a puppy was ripped out of inside her or she was raped by a human.
The poor pup was collected from the street and put into a kill shelter last week. She would have been euthanized within 24 hours if rescuers hadn’t stepped in.
Dog charity Animals R Family was alerted to the case and agreed to fund the amount needed to treat Adrienne. However, there was a catch, they needed to get Adrienne from Granville County Animal Shelter, North Carolina to a vet in Stamford, Conneticut.
It was at this point that 45-year-old Paul Steklenski, a former tank trainer who now runs an animal charity heard about the ordeal and knew he had to help.
He soon flew from his home in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, to North Carolina.
He loaded Adrienne into the plane’s front seat, along with 13 other abandoned dogs in crates in the back and flew back to the airport in Westchester, New York—a 750-mile round-trip. Adrienne, thought to be a beagle or Basset hound, was then driven to an animal hospital in Stamford and underwent surgery to reinsert her bladder on Monday.
Once she's back up to full strength, rescuers will find her a new home along with the other pups Paul rescued, which have been taken to other, non-kill shelters.