Students Brandon Noriega, Roland Bazan, Joseph Rangel, Ivan Zarate, and Luis Villanueva noticed something struggling along the track area of their school, Harlandale High School, in San Antonio, Texas.
What they found was a Labrador Retriever mix, nicknamed Londyn, who was extremely emaciated and clearly in a lot of distress.
“It broke my heart, ya know,” said Rangel.
The students jumped into action and brought her water. Protecting Animals within San Antonio (PAWS) has a club on campus so the students took turns sitting with Londyn as they waited for help to arrive to assess the situation. Once they arrived PAWS quickly took her to the Callaghan Animal Hospital.
Unfortunately, Londyn is suffering from many issues including heartworms, malnutrition and a serious tick-borne illness, Ehrlichiosis. She is also suffering from tumor that will need chemotherapy. She only weighed 27 pounds when the boys found her.
“[W’ere] trying to lower the stray population in San Antonio. It’s a really big issue that not many people pay attention to. But we’re trying to raise awareness and get more people involved,” said Samantha Jasso, PAWS President. PAWS is a non-profit that was founded at Harlandale Highschool in 2009 and they promote teaching responsible pet ownership. Londyn was very lucky to have such great students to save her.
Londyn has a long road ahead of her and the vets at Callaghan Animal Hospital say that she can recover if she is given the proper medical care. A Go Fund Me page has been created to help pay for her medical bills – http://www.gofundme.com/qabd8c
PAWS will also be looking for a long term hospice as Londyn recovers. If you’d like to help PAWS and Londyn please visit http://sapaws.weebly.com/