It's a heartbreaking situation that millions of dogs are euthanized by animal shelters every single year. Whether the dog is too old, the wrong breed, or has been sitting in the shelter for too long, it's a sad fact that perfectly good dogs are being put down for the wrong reasons. One man found out that there was a dog being prepared for euthanization, so he did everything he could to intervene before it was too late for them both.
Pit Bull Fan
Mario Rodriquez has always been a huge fan of being around pit bulls.“Everyone in our family grew up with the breed, and we raised our kids with the breed as well. They are such lovebugs,” Mario said in an interview with The Dodo. So when Mario’s wife told him that there was a two-year-old pit bull named Hickory on the kill list at Animal Care Centers of NYC, he knew that he needed to rescue the poor pup.
2,800 Miles Away
Unfortunately, there was one HUGE problem standing in Mario’s way. Mario is a truck driver, and at the time, he was 2,800 miles away from Hickory. What was he going to do? “I told my wife, ‘I need to go get him,’” he said. “‘I’m on a mission to rescue this dog.’” There was one more person Mario needed to call before he could drive to Hickory.
Mario immediately got on the phone with his employer to try to explain the situation. Luckily, his boss was extremely understanding and scheduled Mario a delivery route that would bring him to New York. He immediately called the shelter and told them that he was on the way to get Hickory.
Mario started the journey back to New York, but he was nervous the entire about someone else taking Hickory. “I was pushing through traffic and calling the shelter every single day, and by the third day, they knew my number. They were like, ‘He’s still here, Mario, he’s still here!’” said Mario. Finally, after six long days, Mario showed up at the Brooklyn ACC shelter. After driving 2,800 miles, he was finally going to meet Hickory.
Mario rushed inside to meet the dog that he had driven such a great distance for. “As soon as Hickory saw me, he literally almost jumped through the kennel door. I said, ‘That’s it, buddy! We’re going home!’ He started wagging his tail going crazy. He immediately started jumping on me, licking my face.”