Good samaritan pays huge vet bill for a retired vet’s dog

Good samaritan pays huge vet bill for a retired vet’s dog (Courtesy: KRQE)

BERNALILLO, NM. (KRQE) – One good samaritan’s faith restored another’s faith in humanity — with a truly good deed. A complete stranger paid a huge veterinary hospital bill for a retired veteran.

Cheryl Buck and her service dog had been in New Mexico for less than a week when her dog, Sgt. Mable, got hit by a car. Mabel was rushed to the veterinary hospital, that is when Buck said she met an angel.

Buck just moved into a house in Bernalillo, and she said a yard was a priority for her dog Sgt. Mable.

“Mable’s been sleeping out here since we moved here,” said Buck.

Sgt. Mable is not only Buck’s best friend, but also her medical alert.

“She’ll wake me out of my seizures,” said Buck.

Mable had been enjoying her new yard for less than four days, when her neighbor’s dogs jumped over the wall, which Buck said scared Mable.

“I was watching tv and I heard a big boom,” said Buck.

Cheryl ran out to find Mable, lying lifeless in the middle of the street. Police officers helped rush Mable to the Veterinary Care Animal Hospital in Albuquerque. That is where Buck said she met someone very special.

“She’s my guardian angel,” said Buck.

Amy Matteucci happened to be at the VCA just as the police car was pulling in.

“She had blood on her shirt,” said Matteucci.

Matteucci said she didn’t know why, but felt called to help.

“Felt called to sit with her and just be with her,” said Matteucci.

The call became clear, when doctors came back with the news.

“A broken hip, an open wound on her hand, and a cast on her leg,” said Buck.

Mable would need multiple procedures, Buck said she couldn’t afford.

“I just used all my money to move out here,” said Buck.

Without hesitation, Matteucci — a total stranger — paid the nearly $6,000 bill.

“God just said help her,” said Matteucci.

After four days in the hospital, Mable finally came home, and thanks to the faith of a good samaritan, Buck shed tears of joy.

“Thank you, thank you,” said Buck.

Buck said she is adamant about paying Matteucci back. They have set up a GoFundMe page for Sgt. Mable. Both women tell KRQE News 13, they have been overwhelmed by the outpouring from the community.

Mable is expected to make a full recovery in the next couple months.