The general manager of a Honda dealership outside New York City helped save a customer's dog after it was hit by a truck in front of the store, then offered to cover the $17,000 veterinarian bill when he learned the family couldn't afford it.
Cindy Robledo was dropping her car off at Honda of New Rochelle for service when her dog, a 3-year-old Shih Tzu named Charlie, jumped out the driver's door and into traffic, TV station WNBC reported. After witnessing the accident, General Manager James Gallagher ran out to help Robledo and Charlie out of the busy street and drove them to a nearby animal hospital. The dog had emergency surgery for spinal and neurological injuries.
"When I was talking to her, she didn't have the finances, unfortunately, to pay for it," Gallagher told WNBC. "I told her, 'You're not gonna lose your dog because of money.' "
Gallagher told Robledo that he would ensure the $17,000 bill gets paid, saying he had been through tough times himself "and it was time for me to pay it forward." The store set up a GoFundMe page last week to help raise the money.
"It's a miracle," Robledo said, "my dog is alive because of him."