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www.wmfd.com - We often hear dogs referred to as man's best friend, and it couldn't be more true for a homeless man in California who came very close to losing his best friend, until total strangers stepped in to help. }}" />

   
 
 
Community Raises Money To Save Homeless Man's Injured Dog

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 12/19/2013

We often hear dogs referred to as man's best friend. And it couldn't be more true for a homeless man in California who came very close to losing his best friend. That's until total strangers stepped in to help. Damany Lewis now has more. "There is so many giving people in Roseville." You have to excuse the emotions. "I'm crying all the time now. I'm happy." Coming from Steve Anthony. "I cried all night because I wasn't. Now I'm happy now." Tears of joy flowing like a river over his dog named River. "He's like my son, my brother." These two have been inseprable for the last eight months. But this bond was nearly broken after a car ran over River here along Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay. "The car hit him and took off." With blood coming from River's mouth, Steve says he didn't know what to do. "What am I going to do, carry 75 pounds, when I weight 140 pounds," says Anthony. "He was obviouosly injured and nobody was stopping." But Jennifer Martin with her two young kids in her car did stop. "Called my husband and said I'm picking this guy up," she says. "He's going in my truck in my van with his dog and meet me over at the hospital." Once here at Atlangtic Pet Hospital, Martin emptied her heart and wallet to help. But the surgery cost thousands more. That's when she posted this ad on Facebook, asking for help. "Three kids came in with their mom and gave me their allowance," Martin said. Within 12 hours. "Wishing you all the joys, may you and River always keep each other warm." Cards and dozens of gifts poured in/ The nonprofit group, Chester Foundation, and other donors helped raise more than $5,000, enough for River to get his fractured hip repaired. "There are still good people out there," said Anthony. "If I could adopt more people, If I hadn't saved him, I would be gone too." River underwent a two-hour hip surgery Tuesday. His recovery should take about six to eight weeks. As for Anthony, he's received several job offers as well as a place to stay from several people.

   
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