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Compassionate Woman Rescues Terrified Dog Abandoned in a Heartrending Roadside Incident

Written by: Russel Moneva
Russel Moneva, a Viral Content writer at iHeartDogs, finds joy in both crafting engaging content and pursuing his passion for basketball and fitness whenever he's not immersed in his work.Read more
| Published on April 28, 2024

On a day marked by compassion in Long Beach on April 24, 2024, a deeply affecting incident unfolded and quickly captured the community’s attention. A distressing video went viral, depicting a small, desperate dog in a harrowing pursuit of the car it had just been ejected from. This occurred at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, where a Lexus, notably missing its license plate, accelerated away, leaving the forlorn terrier scrambling to keep pace. The video evoked a wave of empathy across social media platforms, resonating profoundly with viewers.


The video, which rapidly spread across platforms, captured the dog’s futile attempts to catch up with the vehicle, tugging at the heartstrings of animal lovers everywhere. Destiny Gomez, a resident of Long Beach and an avid animal advocate, was among those who were deeply affected by the footage. Upon seeing the desperate chase, she found herself moved to tears, unable to shake the image of the abandoned terrier from her mind.

Determined to make a difference, Destiny reached out to the individual who recorded the video—a food and delivery rider who wished to stay anonymous. The rider explained that they had witnessed someone inside the Lexus forcefully pushing the dog out onto the street before capturing the heart-wrenching moment on their camera.

Spurred into action, Destiny and her boyfriend embarked on a mission to find the abandoned dog. They drove around the last known location, guided by tips from a network of amateur online detectives who had also seen the video and wanted to help. After hours of searching, they were finally rewarded with success. They found Chico, scared but unharmed, near a house on the coordinates shared by the online community.


Upon securing Chico, Destiny and her boyfriend took immediate steps to ensure his well-being. They fed him, comforted him, and took him to a friend who worked as a professional groomer. There, Chico received the care and grooming he sorely needed after his ordeal.

The story of Chico’s rescue quickly became a testament to the power of community and the positive impact of social media in mobilizing rescue efforts. With the help of Destiny’s network of dog lovers, it wasn’t long before a foster family was found for Chico. This new chapter in his life began with a loving home prepared to provide him with the affection and security he deserved.

This rescue not only changed Chico’s life but also highlighted the broader issues of pet abandonment and community responsibility. Destiny Gomez’s act of kindness illustrates how compassion and quick action can save lives and inspire a community to rally together in support of vulnerable animals.

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