If you ride your bike to work, you never know what you might see. According to a kind-hearted man who rides his bike, he saw Bennie along the side of a busy highway on June 2nd in Sampson County, North Carolina. When rescuer Nancy Gump went to check on him, she thought Bennie was already dead. Although he was emaciated, his abdomen was bloated. He was very tired and weak. The old Beagle appeared to have been dumped along the side of the road and left to die in the rain. Nancy immediately took Bennie to the vet, who estimated him to be about nine years old. Bennie was loaded with worms, missing all of his front teeth, appeared to have a hernia and was heartworm positive.

Nancy knew that if she took Bennie to the Sampson County Animal Shelter, he’d never stand a chance of getting out alive. So she contacted her partner in rescue, Laura Roberts, who operates Road Home Rescue in North Carolina, to see if Laura could help. If so, Nancy would foster Bennie. Laura immediately turned to RADAR to see if we could assist to prevent Bennie from going to the shelter. We agreed to help this sweet senior get a much-deserved second chance.

Bennie required extensive vet care, including treatment for worms and an ear infection. During his neutering on June 14th, surgery was performed to remove what was thought to be a hernia, but turned out to be a very thin abdominal wall, which caused his distended abdomen. Bennie recovered and was well enough to have his heartworm treatment done on June 30th.

“Bennie is now a very tail-a-waggin’ happy dog,” Nancy said. “He can now do what he does best: just be Bennie. He knows no strangers. While at the vet clinic after treatment, Bennie was walking up to everyone in the lobby with his tail wagging for a friendly, loving sniff. No one was left out! Bennie creates smiles and a spirit of love for rescue dogs. Thank you RADAR for your most generous gift of life for Bennie.” To see more photos of Bennie, click here.

RADAR paid all $151 of Bennie’s heartworm treatment costs and $400 towards Bennie’s surgery and neutering, for a total of $551. 

UPDATE! All funds for Bennie have been raised! Thank you!

UPDATE! Bennie has been adopted!

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Bennie:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Dawn Ecker, Jim Masterson & Shea; Becki Kelso; Laura Jones; Anonymous

Added on July 14, 2016.

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