RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – An 8-year-old dog that was hit by a car in downtown Raleigh this month faces a long recovery at the N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine – and three of the dog’s legs are not able to support him.
Kunal Chablani of Raleigh and his 8-year-old Sheltie, Tony, were walking across a crosswalk at the intersection of Saint Mary’s Street and Hillsborough Street when a car hit them.
Chablani suffered minor injuries, but the car ran over Tony’s back legs and broke his pelvis and humerus.
Francine Cronin, a complete stranger, stopped to help. As first responders took Chablani to the hospital, Cronin told him she’d take care of Tony and any medical costs. She took him to the vet school, where they said Tony needed life-saving surgery that would cost $10,000.
She asked the community for some help and she raised the $10,000 on GoFundMe in just a few days. About $5,000 of the donations came from members of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, a church near where the crash happened.
As of Monday afternoon, 377 people donated $13,848 to Tony’s medical fund. Any money that is raised that is not used for Tony’s surgery and his post-surgery costs will be donated to a fund at the vet school that helps pet owners in similar situations.
But Cronin said Monday that Tony still has a long way to go. She said Chablani told her Sunday that Tony is getting stronger each day and is now taking medicine orally. But he is unable to walk and his recovery is uncertain.
Police charged the driver in the crash with failing to yield the right of way.