Hayden Sando, a third grader from Kennett, MO, was on his way to church with his family when he saw an injured puppy on the side of the road. When he realized no one was stopping to help the puppy, he told an off-duty officer at church about the dog.
The officer contacted the Kennett Humane Department and informed them about the injured dog. Humane officers responded and took the puppy to the KenMo Veterinary Clinic where the 14 week-old Great Pyrenees was diagnosed with a broken leg and other health issues, KAIT8 reports.
The responding Kennett Humane Officer, Tina Petix, told KFVS that the injuries the puppy sustained were all treatable and that the puppy could be saved.
The next day, Hayden went to the clinic to check on the puppy he has now named Slicer. He also brought with him his entire life savings, nearly $20 he had been saving in his piggy bank. Hayden donated every penny of it to the vet to help cover the costs of treating Slicer.
Hayden and Slicer
Orvis News quotes Hayden's father, Shawn Sando, as saying "I was very proud that he had the, took the initiative to make a difference. I know sometimes we think, well, it's just an animal, it's just a dog, but it was a vulnerable creature who was needing some help and I was glad that Hayden had the willingness to step up and do something." Hayden was happy to help and is glad how it turned, saying "It made me feel good to help. She's walking now."
Officer Petix said "Usually kids don't empty out their life savings to donate for an animal. They usually are more interested in buying toys." She went on to say that Hayden has visited Slicer several times and that Hayden will sit there and play with Slicer and both have a great time.