Stray dog shot, crawls his way to help


SAN ANTONIO (WOAI) — A stray dog who was found shot Tuesday morning in San Antonio managed to crawl his way to help.

The wounded dog was found near Highlands High School, according to WOAI, the NBC affiliate in San Antonio.

Now the school’s “Voices for Animals” Club, which is known to care for neglected and abused animals, is trying to save the poor animal. They named him “Roland” because he was shot and saved on Roland Street.

“When we walked into the animal hospital, Roland was very scared and crying out, most likely from the pain coming, shooting through his back legs where he was shot,” said Tammie Bennett.

Bennett, who leads Voices for Animals, was the one who brought him to the hospital.

“He dragged himself, cause he could only walk with his front 2 feet to a nearby tire shop,” Bennett said.

Roland has the cuts and scrapes to show how far he dragged himself just to get to Carlos Rivera, a tire shop owner who cared enough to feed the stray animal every day he came by. Tuesday morning, though, Carlos noticed Roland was struggling to get across the street. So Carlos stopped traffic and picked him up.

“The poor dog was going to the only place he knew where someone could possibly help him,” explained Bennett.

Carlos flagged down school police, who quickly called Bennett and her group, who is known for saving stray animals.

“Our students, we are teaching them to be caring and compassionate people in our society,” Bennett said.

This week, Bennett and her students are determined to save sweet Roland. “He deserves a chance to live. He doesn’t deserve to die, and we don’t want to have him euthanized,” added Bennett.

Bennett’s group has been recognized in the past for raising funds to save strays. She says this time around they don’t have time to raise thousands of dollars for Roland’s surgery and therapy since it’s the end of the school year.

The group is asking the public’s help to save Roland. Otherwise, he will be put to sleep.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: If you would like to donate to the group, you can call Highlands High School at (210) 333-0421 extension 2140 and ask to donate to Voices for Animals. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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