Five male high school students from San Antonio, Texas, showed their compassion and strength when they saved the life of an abandoned dog they found on their school's track.
The teens noticed a starving Labrador retriever mix stranded on the track at Harlandale High School, reports the Examiner. The boys -- Brandon Noriega, Roland Bazan, Joseph Rangel, Ivan Zarate, and Luis Villanueva -- reportedly brought her water and took turns keeping her company while the others went to retrieve help from Protecting Animals Within San Antonio (PAWS), reports KENS 5.
"It broke my heart, ya know," Rangel told KENS 5.
Luckily, PAWS has a club on the high school campus and rescuers were quickly able to transport the 6- to 7-year-old dog, which has been named "Londyn," to Callaghan Animal Hospital.
Londyn weighed just 27 pounds when he was discovered. He suffered from heartworms, loss of appetite, a tick-borne disease called Ehrlichiosis, and a tumor that will likely require chemotherapy, according to Dr. Eduardo Guevara at Callaghan.
"This little girl...she's been neglected so mostly that's why at this stage in her life, she's having all these problems," Guevara told KENS 5.
PAWS is reportedly trying to help Londyn find a permanent home and has provided more information about adoption on its website. She was taken to a foster home, where she is finally eating full meals again and learning how to trust people.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Londyn to pay for the cost of her chemotherapy. In just a few days, donations surpassed the goal of $2,500. She is expected to begin chemo treatments on April 21.
Photo Credit: GoFundMe.com, Emily Porter/KENS 5