BENTON, AR - The sounds of pain howl from a new arrival at Treasure Hill Pet Hospital. But newly-named "Humvee" is lucky. He dodged death not once but twice this week.
The lab-mix suffers from multiple pelvic and leg fractures after getting hit by a car, Wednesday. Benton Animal Control picked him up but they couldn't do much more.
"The money's just not there," said Benton Animal Control Supervisor Beverly Vinyard. "We've got to have our rules."
"Lack of funds is no excuse," said animal activist Gina Richey. Richey saw pictures quickly gaining attention on Facebook over the two days Humvee laid on the animal shelter floor without medical treatment.
"The minute they took that dog into their possession, they were obligated to provide it with whatever it needed," said Richey.
But according to the Attorney General's office, there's no law that requires shelters to take injured animals to a vet.
Scheduled to be put down Friday morning, Out of the Woods Animal Rescue stepped in in the eleventh hour.
"Despite the pain he gave me a wag of his tail and looked at me with those big sad eyes," said Sharon Hammond with the non-profit.
And that's how Humvee got not only a new name but also a fresh start.
Benton Animal Control says if they had the money, of course they would have taken Humvee to the vet. His surgery is estimated to cost about $2,000. That's two-thirds of Benton Animal Control's yearly medical budget.
To donate to Humvee's surgery, or to fill out an application to adopt him, visit ootwrescue.org/a>. Be sure to mention Humvee's name in any donations.