A man who got stuck in the snow on the Arizona side of the Rio Grande Valley was able to get help for his pet, who was in the process of being euthanized by the North Valley Ambulance.
The North Valley is located about 50 miles south of Phoenix.
After being stuck in a snowstorm that started Sunday night, Kyle Schaffer said he was searching for help in his home when he spotted a white SUV with its license plate “C-VIP” and a woman sitting inside with the dog in tow.
“She said, ‘I think I’m gonna die here, so I’m going to take him out to the snowmobile,'” Schaffer recalled.
Schaffer pulled the dog from the snow, and as he took the dog to the hospital, a woman in the vehicle, who he described as a “couple” approached him.
The woman, a paramedic, said that her husband had a dog and had just put it into the snow.
She told Schaffer that she would take the dog back to the house and give him a place to stay.
“That was kind of my moment, when I was like, ‘OK, well, it’s not my dog that’s in the truck, it is my husband’s dog,'” Schaffe said.
“I mean, this was my husband and his dog, and they’re both out in the street in the middle of the night in the back of the snow.”
As he prepared to drive to the rescue, Schaffer saw a man standing next to a truck, so he called 911.
When he arrived at the scene, the man, identified as John J. “Johnny” Schaffer, was in good spirits.
“He said, I just want to thank everyone for the kindness they showed me,” Schaffer recounted.
“I mean it really made my day.
It’s a miracle that I got there, and he’s been so kind to me.”
A spokesman for the North Valleys Ambulances confirmed that they did not receive any call to the scene from the Schaffers, and the dog was taken to the vet.
“They had a few questions about what kind of medications to take for the dog, but they decided to take it to the veterinarian,” the spokesman said.
“There was a couple of people there who were not there at the time and didn’t know about the situation, and then they got in contact with us.”
When the man was in hospital, Schaffer had already been able to find a way to help him.
He said that his dog was still alive when he arrived, and that he gave him a ride to the ambulance.
He and his wife, a retired truck driver, had been camping out in their home on Sunday night and were driving to a nearby gas station to get some gas.
“We just kind of thought that we were going to go to a gas station and get a little bit of gas and just have a beer and go home,” Schaffa said.
When the Schaflers arrived at their home, they found the man unconscious and on the ground.
The man was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital.
“When we got there and he was conscious, we started CPR on him, and I knew he was going to make it,” Schafer said.
The rescue came after another emergency at a nearby RV park.
An elderly woman who was also camping at the RV park, was transported to the same hospital and died.
When Schaffer got the call from the North valley ambulance, he said he felt relieved that his pet had made it.
“This dog is a big part of my life.
He’s a big influence on my life, and this guy took care of him, he made sure he was safe and I’m glad he made it,” he said.