Disabled Veteran Fights to Save His Best Friend

Disabled Veteran Fights to Save His Best Friend

There's a call for help for a man's best friend. A disabled Vietnam veteran is skipping his own doctor's appointments to be by his dog's bedside.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - There's a call for help for a man's best friend. A disabled Vietnam veteran is skipping his own doctor's appointments to be by his dog's bedside. Air Force veteran Ricky Bolin will do anything for his Chihuahua, Sandy-Puh. She needs surgery but on his fixed income and with medical costs in the thousands, he turned to a Memphis-based organization for help.

"Doctor told me that this was the worse case he'd ever seen,” said Ricky Bolin.

Bolin's dog, Sandy-Puh, as she's called, is suffering a severe case of gallstones. She's heavily medicated, on a catheter, and very weak. An x-ray shows piles of stones inside the dog's stomach.

"She's my baby. If something happened to her I don't know what I'll do,” said Bolin.

Sandy's been in the hospital since Friday and needs surgery. Medical costs have ballooned to almost $3,000. A non-profit group called The Savior Foundation has stepped up to help, but can't do it alone. The organization is already caring for eight other dogs that also need surgery.

“We started The Savior Foundation to assist dogs that were rescued that need emergency care for low income, fixed income people that can't afford vet care. It's an alternative to euthanasia,” said The Savior Foundation President Mario Chiozza. “We're asking for the public to help this disabled veteran save his dog.”

Bolin loves his dog so much he's been skipping his dialysis appointments just to make sure Sandy-Puh is ok.

If you would like to find out how you can help The Savior Foundation, visit www.thesaviorfoundation.org.
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