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Community Rallies to Bring Snoopy Home

Posted May 4, 2007

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— Days after a disabled boy's beloved dog was hit by a car, local residents responded with offers to help pay for the pet's veterinary care.

Snoopy, a 6-year-old, 75-pound chocolate Labrador retriever, ran off last weekend and was hit by a car on Philyaw Road. The impact left him with a spinal injury and without the use of his hind legs.

"I was screaming. I called my mom and was crying, and she thought one of the kids got hit," said Julie Snider, whose 5-year-old son, Zach, owns Snoopy.

Zach has muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that usually claims its victims by age 20. But Snoopy is his closest companion, often serving as a warm, furry blanket.

"They just are really close. I mean, Snoopy follows him," Snider said. "Snoopy doesn't want to be left alone. He follows those kids (and) sleeps in the bed with Zach."

After a brief stay at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Snoopy is recovering at the Animal Rehabilitation and Wellness Hospital in Cary.

An MRI shows Snoopy has no fractured bones, but he is unable to control his bladder or bowels. His prognosis is unclear.

"He does have some spinal cord trauma, so we'll have to see how that develops," said Dr. Kevin Jones, a veterinarian at the Animal Rehabilitation and Wellness Hospital.

Snoopy's medical care is too much of a financial burden for the Sniders, but word quickly spread of their need and community members responded. Nearly 50 people have sent the family letters that pledged more than enough money to pay the veterinary bills.

"They sent some really great stuff," Snider said, thanking the community for its support.


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  • jcrew1979 May 6, 2007

    I hope Snoopy will be ok. Pets are your babies and a member of the family, as well as therapeutic and I wish the best for Zach and Snoopy. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

  • Warren G. May 5, 2007

    It's nice to see that there are still good people in the world. If everyone were like the ones donating money for Zach and Snoopy, the world would be a much better place.

  • illegals--GO HOME May 5, 2007

    nc lover......you are right, the animals we each have become another "member of the family" and their death feels the same as if a person died. An animal gives you "unconditional love"....they don't care the race or gender, they just love you and want you to love them and care for them. I hope Snoopy has a complete recovery, and my thoughts and prayers go out to Zach as he deals with the absence of his "friend" and his own situation. Hopefully we will all read of a happy reunion with the two of them very soon ! ! ! !

  • Dizzy May 5, 2007

    Its nice to know that there are still..Kind hearted people in this world..especially to an animal who is the best friend to the kid that is disabled or to anyone..It hurts me to see an animal unable to function correctly due to an accident..I pray for Snoopy's speedy recovery..so that he will enjoy funtimes with the Zach together. Zach..My prayers are with you and Snoopy.

  • All child molesters should die May 5, 2007


    Just my guess, but since Snoopy is currently at the ARWH, you could probably send donations there, or call.


  • rand321 May 5, 2007

    Where can people help to send donations?

  • All child molesters should die May 5, 2007

    While this story is sad, it sure does have a great silver lining! I LOVE reading how people come together and chip in!

    There are many good-hearted people in the world, and this story helps to confirm that!!!

    I hope Snoopy can eventually recover, and be with his family, and especially Zach!

    I may have missed it, but I didn't see in the article if the driver stopped or not. I hope they did! I hit a dog once, and I stopped. It was TERRIBLE. I went door to door, looking for the owner. Very sad. Hopefully, the driver did the right thing and stopped.

    Good luck to Snoopy!!!!!


  • dhamma May 5, 2007

    It would be nice if everyone would eventually understand that this is what life is really all about. Compassion.............

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl May 5, 2007

    It's nice to see people stepping up to help!

  • nc lover May 5, 2007

    I feel so much for people who loose their pets. I know what's it like first hand. I pray this dog wll be just fine. I had a Persian Cat for 14 years (A stupid Cat). She got so sick I had to put her down 2 weeks ago. I'm a grown man and teared up for a week. I know in my head I did the right thing but I wish somebody would of explained it to my heart. I never had to do this before. Sometimes I feel like I killed her myself.