JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A veterinarian office in St. Johns County posted on social media Thursday about a dog rescued by two Jacksonville students and a teacher.
Durbin Creek Vet said in the post that two fifth grade boys noticed the dog in their neighborhood and asked their teacher for help.
The teacher found the dog chained to a potential abandoned house and called animal control, according to the post.
The dog was so malnourished the animal control officials rated the dog as a four out of five in his condition, five being the worst.
The veterinarian office is asking for donations to the Animal Control and Protective Services or the Friends of Jacksonville Animals to help the dog's recovery.
Because the dog was found with no collar or tags, the vet's office is also asking for people to help name him.
Kaleb Jackson said he and his cousin were walking from school when they spotted a dog in an overgrown yard on Franklin Street.
“We seen the dog in there and he looked really bad and you could see his ribs," Jackson said.
The pair told their teacher Jill Fritz who checked out the situation and immediately called Animal Care and Protective Services.
“A dog was on a very, very, very heavy chain, no food, no water," Fritz said. “He looked like he was in really, really bad shape.”
Action News Jax reporter Beth Rousseau reached out to ACPS.
A spokesperson sent this statement:
Kaleb said the reason he wanted to help is simple: “I have a dog of my own and I wouldn’t want my own dog looking like that.”
The dog might not belong to the fifth grader, but he has picked out a name – Hero.
“He’s my hero for surviving that long,” explained Kaleb.
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