North Park neighbors give injured dog a second chance
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – “I missed you bubba.” These are the words of Emma Niting, the dog owner who found her beloved Levee, all thanks to her neighbors.
Levee is a two and a half year old husky who has found his forever home with Emma. This week, a hit and run accident left him in the worst circumstances.
But thanks to some of his neighbors in North Park, Levee got a second chance.
“He hops and looks at me, and I think,” Emma remembers. “I think it’s my dog.”
Emma remembers the time she first met her Levee. It was a week ago at the San Diego Humane Society. She said instantly, she knew he was hers.
Emma had just moved to San Diego, and for Levee’s entire first week in her new home, they were inseparable. However on Sunday that all changed, when she went for a walk with Levee just before bed.
“My heart just fell because he wasn’t on a leash,” Emma shares tearfully, “and it was my fault because he was just a happy guy, he just wants to run, and then I just see him going down the street, and I can see the lights coming on.
It is a hit and run accident that seriously injured Levee. It is thanks to neighbors like Jordan Waechter who rushed to help. Along with others, she slowly propped Levee onto the top of a plastic crate and rushed Emma and her puppy to the specialist veterinary hospital.
“To be so close and forthright with such an extreme situation, there is of course a personal connection that I also feel now, Levy and Emma,” Jordan expresses, “and with our community.”
Levee eventually had to lose his left leg and suffered a large abrasion on his lower body. Without pet insurance, the cost was around $ 8,500. It was a cost that the neighbors slowly took over.
“It’s so humiliating to be in a place where you need help,” Emma shares tearfully, “I had really done my research before I got a dog and made sure everything that he needed, I would be able to provide it. And I just never expected that.
The total as of Wednesday afternoon was over $ 7,000. All thanks to strangers who showed up when they didn’t have to.
“It’s a really unfortunate event that has happened,” says Jordan. “But in life, when things are going, is this how we unite?” “
A community that raises funds, to ensure that Levee and her owner have years of love and hugs to come.
“It’s my responsibility and I was going to figure it out somehow and the fact that we really don’t have to worry,” Emma points out, “it just lets me focus on him and be more present with him. “
“I think it goes without saying,” says Jordan, “that’s really what the community is”
Emma says she expects Levee to be back and perform in a few weeks.
Levee’s GoFundMe page can be found here.