WAYNESBORO -- One dog made it through an incredible journey to get home.
“I can't even begin to imagine the courage that this dog has. She never whimpered. She never cried. She never tried to bite anyone,” said Waynesboro's Animal Control Officer, Dee Price.
On Monday, Heidi the golden retriever got loose. Her family put in a call to animal control, but that wasn't necessary.
“She just wobbled home. She came home on her own and got up on some steps on my back deck and knocked on the door with her head."
Whatever happened to Heidi left her with severe trauma. One of her legs was torn off and half her tail was missing. She was in dire need of medical attention.
“The fact that she made it here and we got her shock under control, once we got those two things under control, I felt like the first hurdle had been won. Most animals with those traumatic kind of injuries don't even make it that far,” said Jennifer Miller with the Woodworth Animal Hospital.
Heidi's owners said a recent increase in activity on nearby tain tracks have them thinking it was a train, rather than a car, that left Heidi in the hospital.
Heidi's family lives right across the street from the tracks. Heidi would have had to climb up a large embankment to make it home.
“She had a lot of fight left in her to have made it the distance that she did from where on the tracks this injury occurred, to make it all the way home. Home is where she wanted to be. She wanted to get back to her loved ones to get help,” said Price.
Despite the need for some long-term healing, Heidi is able to walk around and is very excited to see her family. After the fear they were going to lose her, Heidi's owners can't wait to take her home.
“She's a big girl. She's doing really good, so hopefully it will be back to normal, I hope,” said Trent.
Heidi could be going home as soon as Saturday, but will need to return to Woodworth for further medical attention. Donations have been pouring in to the hospital to help cover the surgery costs.
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