ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - In an act of kindness a St. Louis community came together to help save a dog desperate in need of a rescue. It all started with Megan Gleason, she had been watching 3-year-old Sammie a boxer mix survive in bad conditions in a Clifton Heights neighborhood for over a year. Gleason called St. Louis City law and code enforcement and discovered the owner was barely up to code and could not remove the dog. Last week Gleason reached out to people in 13 neighborhoods with the Next Door app. Then suddenly she was swamped with hundreds of supporters and suggestions.
"She was left in a pen and her water would be frozen in the winter she also had limited access to shelter and in the summer she was in the heat." said Gleason.
After a week of, texts, phone calls and teamwork the owner released Sammie to volunteers. Meanwhile, Needy Paws placed the dog with a foster family. Concerned citizens also started a Go Fund Me page to pay for vet bills. The group of neighbors may have all been complete strangers, but are now good friends with a special bond that started with a special dog.