Thanks to transportation employees who responded fast to rescue a dog found hunched under a bus shelter and trembling from the cold, he is alive and well.
A bus rider noticed the lost puppy at a bus stop in Regina, Saskatchewan, which has been experiencing record-breaking cold this week.
Darren Szabo, a Regina transportation service officer, hurried to the bus stop to attempt to keep the dog warm until the Regina Humane Society (RHS) arrived.
He was concerned that the dog may get frostbite, he told Global News. “It was difficult. With the severe temperatures, I thought it was just a matter of minutes until he lost the tips of his ears or his paws.”
When Szabo initially approached, the dog was afraid and barked at him, but he surrendered when Szabo covered him with his fleece jacket and explained that he was there to assist.
“He was afraid and chilly at the same time,” Szabo added. “I could always grab another jacket if I became cold.” That was not the case for this sad dog.”
The Regina Humane Society arrived within minutes, and once the dog was examined, he was immediately reunited with his family, who had reported him missing earlier.
“It wasn’t normal for the dog to go missing,” Lindsay West, director of operations at the RHS, said of the dog’s owners. “They discovered he was missing pretty fast and contacted us.”
Thankfully, the dog recovered completely and had no negative consequences from the cold.
If you are caught in the severe cold, Regina offers a Safe Bus Program for you. If they wave down a bus, the bus will come to a complete stop to help them.
“Whether it’s a little animal in need or a person in need,” Szabo added, “it’s critical that we reach out and support each other.” Regina Transit also published a photo of the dog with the statement. “We stated that ‘everyone,’ including our feline pals, should be secure from the harsh elements of this cold snap… “Stay safe and warm out there, everyone.”