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When Man Heard About A Struck-Down Dog Hiding In Ditch, He Ran To Him

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on May 24, 2024

Homeless animals face countless challenges on a daily basis. Their battle to survive never ceases. They’re forced to seek out food, shelter, and clean water while facing extreme weather conditions, passing cars, and competing forces. Our hearts ache for them! Thankfully, there are many animal lovers out there who are willing to risk it all to save animals in need. This story, shared by Animal Rescue on YouTube, highlights the plight of a tiny dog who suffered a severe injury and was teetering on the brink of death.


He sought safety in a ditch, hoping for someone to offer him kindness. His life was marked by fear, anxiety, and trauma until a turn of fate brought a compassionate man to his rescue. The dog, later named Toby, had a harrowing time after being struck by a car and found himself completely alone. Toby’s injuries were so severe that he was left with paralyzed hind legs. Fortunately, a compassionate man quickly came to his aid. Finding Toby, the rescuer was devastated by the sight. Despite his fear, Toby greeted the man with a timid smile, which soon turned to joy upon realizing help had arrived.

At that moment, Toby’s new chapter in life began. Although his hind legs remained paralyzed, his rescuer was determined not to give up on him. Once home, Toby received the best care, including a comfortable bed to rest and heal. His introduction to his new home was followed by numerous vet visits aimed at treating his damaged spine. A few weeks later, Toby underwent surgery that alleviated his pain and stabilized his spine, though his paralysis persisted for the time being.


Nevertheless, Toby never lost his cheerful demeanor. He quickly adapted, becoming a playful and sociable dog. He integrated well with the other dogs in the home, learning how to be a pet and, importantly, learning what love really means. With each passing day, Toby grew more comfortable in his new environment, feeling as if he had always been part of the family. Toby also formed a special connection with Lucky, another special-needs dog. Initially, Lucky was not very receptive to other dogs, but with Toby, it was different. They bonded deeply, resembling long-lost siblings finally reunited.


Now, Toby enjoys a completely transformed life with his new family. He actively participates in playtime, goes on exciting outings, and hikes with his loved ones. The pup is enjoying the best life possible, far removed from the hardships of the streets.

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