About a month ago, a horrible scene unfolded on a UK highway. A Whippet that had been used as a bait dog was thrown from a car driving at 50 mph. The poor pup was somehow able to avoid traffic, but was left for dead on the side of the road. Highway patrol and the Royal SPCA (RSPCA) responded to help save the dog, but Lucy Edwards and Graham Houghton would become his saviors. As self-proclaimed animal lovers, they saw the rescue scene and pulled their car over to see if there was anything they could do to help. They found items in their car to pull together for a make-shift stretcher and Lucy sat with him, gently petting his head in an effort to comfort him.
He had a broken leg and fractured lung amongst other injuries, and would require surgery. The RSPCA said that if someone didn’t pay for it, he would have to be euthanized. It was love at first sight as he stared up at Lucy with his brown eyes and she knew that she couldn’t let him be put down. Lucy and Graham had made a pact to not take in any more dogs or cats, but they gave each other a knowing glance and knew that he was coming home with them. They took him to an emergency veterinary hospital and got him the surgeries he needed – they decided to call him “Chance.” To pay for the care, they took out a £3,000 loan.
On the way home from the hospital, Chance covered Lucy in kisses as if to say thank you. Despite going through hell, Chance has been incredibly trusting with his new family and seems to fit right in (see photo below). Friends, family, and fellow dog-lovers have since contributed to Chance’s veterinary bills, but Lucy and Graham worry that he may need more care down the road. They have set up a GoFundMe page to help and are thankful for every donation, which have started pouring in thanks to local news covering the story. We wish you a continued speedy recovery, Chance, and well wishes to the entire family!