‘It’s like a miracle’


On Saturday, Vanessa Marie Troffer’s puppy King, a black 14-pound terrier, was hit by a car on U.S. Highway 30 between Scandinavian Road and the John Day trailer park. Whoever hit him took off and left King to die. Thankfully, Cala Graxiola saw him in the middle of the road, and rescued him before anything else happened.

Getting King help was quite a process, as most local veterinarian offices were closed by the time Cala found him, so she took the pup to the Astoria Police Station. Someone there called Steve Hildreth, supervisor of the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, and luckily for King, Steve was able to reach Dr. Brad Pope of Bayshore Animal Hospital in Warrenton, to ask for help. Soon King was taken to Bayshore for evaluation. “It’s like a miracle that it happened the way it did,” Vanessa marveled.

One of King’s front legs was badly injured when he was hit, and he’s having a difficult time walking. “Seeing him trying to walk, and falling, is breaking my heart,” Vanessa said. “He wants to move, but isn’t sure how.”

At this point, it is too soon to tell if the leg will have to be amputated; the decision will be made in about a month, and the outcome will depend on whether the feeling comes back in the leg or not.

“King has been through everything with me,” Kayla wrote. “The moments I was in some town with no family, no loved ones near, I had King. The nights I slept on the streets in Portland, he was by my side. He’s been more than just a dog to me. If he would have died, I would have been broken.”

“I just wanted these people (who helped King) to know they did something so meaningful, and acted so quickly,” Vanessa added, “that because of them, I don’t have to tell my daughter our little baby died. I don’t have to feel emptiness going home.”

Hopefully, King’s leg will heal. “Any extra prayers for my little guy would help a ton!”

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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