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Henderson Co. Deputy comes to dog's rescue in midst of snowstorm

A Henderson County man is calling out a sheriff's deputy for coming to the rescue of his dog in the midst of the snowstorm.

His Yorkie named Trooper is in Intensive Care for pneumonia after Deputy Jason Stepp transported him to the vet Saturday night.

Spencer said the roads in Mountain Home were icy and dangerous that night. He went to check on his elderly mother and realized the dog needed urgent care.

"Everybody was iced-in, frozen," Spencer told News 13. "Fire department was busy. He's suffocating and dying before my very eyes. I called and begged the sheriff's department, and they sent a four-wheel drive."

Just two days ago, there was hardly a snowball's chance of Trooper even having a fighting chance, but Animal Enforcement officer Jason Stepp came in the nick of time.

"Yeah. You okay?" says Spencer, talking to his dog in ICU. "You're looking better."

"This is like one of our children, you know," he explained. "He saved my child. Thank you."

Those two words opened the floodgates.

"Words can't express when someone saves something you love and care so much about," he said.

According to the nurse, the pup isn't out of danger just yet.

"It's really a day to day thing right now," veterinary nurse Lindsey Martin said. "We have him on oxygen. He can't leave oxygen without having a hard time breathing."

"I think he's gonna be okay," Spencer said, looking at his dog.

Don't be fooled by the occasional wag of the tail, the road to recovery is still uncertain.

"Well, he was suffocating to death," he recalled. "There was no way to get him here other than the sheriff's department."

Trooper may be the one on oxygen, but it's Reginald who's breathing easier because of a deputy's good deed.

"Above and beyond the call of duty," he said.

County animal enforcement officers have been swamped in recent days making animal welfare checks.

The Spencer family faces thousands of dollars in vet costs.

Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital says you can make an "angel fund" donation on behalf of Trooper. Contact the clinic at 828-697-7767 if you'd like to help.

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