Army veteran risks life to save injured beagle

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo.– A U.S. Army Reserve Iraq war veteran risked his own life again on Tuesday to save a stray dog. Aaron Schneider witnessed the dog get hit by a car whose driver failed to stop on Interstate 470 East.

Schneider crossed three lanes of traffic on foot and put himself in between oncoming traffic and the dog until he was able to coax the injured beagle off of the interstate, according to reports.

Initially, he tried picking the beagle up, but the dog was in substantial pain and was defensive, so Schneider called 911 and was then referred to animal control for assistance.


Schneider waited nearly three hours in the rain by the dog’s side and was able to gain enough trust with the beagle to get him onto a makeshift stretcher and into the back of a friend’s pickup truck.

Aaron Schnieder

Aaron Schnieder

“At the end of the day, my combat lifesaver training kicked in, and I’m thankful I was able to use it to help him,” said Schneider. “Having served in Iraq, you see a lot of loss, which is one of the reasons I was determined to see him make it.”

Schneider and his friend took the approximately five-year-old beagle to Chipman Road Animal Clinic, where he was stabilized and veterinary staff named him Buster. Due to the nature of his extensive injuries, Chipman’s veterinarian referred him to BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Lee’s Summit.

Specialists from BluePearl administered an emergency blood transfusion and are continuing to provide supportive care for Buster’s five broken ribs, torn windpipe and internal bleeding.

Buster remains in the intensive care unit at BluePearl, but is expected to make a full recovery.

“Without question, had Mr. Schneider not have helped Buster get to a veterinarian, he would have died from his injuries,” said Dr. Brian Lucas, a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist with BluePearl.

Attempts to identify Buster’s family have failed, so in addition to Schneider’s heroic actions, he intends to give Buster a permanent home with him once he is discharged from the hospital.

Friends of KC Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization dedicated to helping animals, has undertaken the financial costs related to Buster’s care. Members of the public interested in donating to Buster’s care and other pets like him should donate to

Buster the beagle

Buster the beagle

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.

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  • Deana

    Great job Aaron! I’m glad to see that the CLS skills came in handy. Very proud to see what you did. The fact that you are now welcoming Buster into your family also says a lot about the kind of person you are. Don’t let any of the negative comments get to you. You know who you are and what you have done. No one can take that from you. BTW, thank you for the links to the organizations.

  • Pamela Boucher

    you did an awesome job saving the dogs life. I am so proud of you bigtime don’t change ok there will be other dogs that you could use also and maybe you might want to resuce dogs when they need help

  • Sharon Kite

    The only comments here should be a huge thank you to the caring couple who stopped their vehicle and spent hours with this seriously injured dog, and reached out to veterinarians to help save its life. To everyone else crapping and criticising…stop your sad judgements…this sweet beagle is ALIVE, thanks to their caring actions.

  • Kevin

    Nice job guy, I am a beagle lover myself and this actually looks like my boy buddy I had to put down at 5 years old do to lymphoma cancer, I love my Buddy and you did what I would of done. Thanks for your heart being int he right place at right time.

  • Gale Hickling

    You are what REAL men are about, not cowards that leave these poor things behind after they hit them. I did the SAME thing for a beagle 20 years ago, but his outcome wasnt as good :( THANK YOU for your service and THANK YOU for being a Hero again in our hearts

  • Kris

    Beagles are notorious for this type of behavior! We have one and I’m terrified he’ll escape our yard one day and get hit. Good luck with the dog and build a sturdy fence — our dog can find loose slats to our neighbors yard that don’t even look like they’ll move… It’s like their 6th sense.

  • Dottie Hart

    Aaron, what an amazing act of kindness. Being a pet lover (not that being a pet lover has anything to do with being kind and having compassion for another living being) I would have done the same thing. Before reading this article and learning that the driver didn’t stop, I thought most people would have done the same. The only thing or things that come to mind are, the driver must have been drinking and didn’t want to risk getting caught by police or the driver really just wasn’t aware of what he or she did. In any case Buster was very lucky to have you by his side and I’m sure he’s so very grateful. Believe me animals know these things and I’m sure he will show you everyday just how grateful he is that you were there for him that day. I wish you both a happy joyful life together.

  • Crystal Kim

    You are so commendable, bless you for your kind actions and saving this dog. I’ve shared this with my animal friends this morning and they all feel the same. My the Universe reward your kindness and much respect and love for helping this poor baby

  • Alf Legion Honey

    The man still is a hero, and the pup’s guardian angel was Aaron – Clearly the driver was pathetic and self serving and evil’ by doing nothing’ but hitting this pup with intent’ As i have seen many humans go out of there way to hit a animal that they clearly can see,, But Aaron acted with quick response’ to the well being of this pup,He stepped up’ and went into must help’ must save’ And that is compassion, that is love, and that is empathy for another life’ And that is what humans who have evolved do! Take care of your friend Aaron, you two will be each others whole world from this day forward” Much respect for all you did and do” Simper FI

  • Kristy Elizabeth

    I would imagine the bill will be huge, so I made a donation. It was really quick and easy, hint hint to those that have a little extra jingle in their pockets.
    Hope they have a nice life together, if he wasn’t a dog person beforehand; well, he is now! :)

  • Jessica Burch

    I love stories like this where people are helping the poor and defenseless animals. The person who hit him should be found and charged with animal cruelty and any other charges they can be slapped with! Keep up the recuperating Buster so you can enjoy your new family and enjoy a peaceful life!

  • Billi Taylor

    FANTASTIC STORY! Good Samaritans all over the place in this story! I wrote to KC Animals to thank them for paying for all of the injured beagles veterinary care. They are so awesome! They pay for many many animals who need help & care whose owners cannot afford it, or don’t even have any family. & the ex veteran who saved Beagie, & adopted her later too! Wonderful! Thank you! & the vets expertise in making Beagie well! The dog was hit at high speed & sustained substantial injuries, no car stopped, or COULD stop. All the comments here by lazy or uninspired people laying around the house doing nothing for anybody else except writing ‘smart’ comments about someone who actually saved the life of a dog who would have died otherwise is not inspiring to see! Come on everyone! Everyone can go out and make a big difference in someones life who is not as fortunate, healthy or well off as you, or a sick, injured or abused animal who is suffering or unwanted. You could give it a home, or volunteer at a shelter to walk dogs who are not even out of their cages as they wait on death row, for a little walk or to relieve themselves.

    There is so much just one person can do, even in one act of kindness! It makes you feel so much better about yourself & happy when you have helped someone ( human or animal) to have a little happiness, or to be relieved from pain or loneliness.

  • Donna

    I can not imagine what a slow and painful death this poor pooch would have gone through had aacon not stopped and took care of him. I hope that poochie heals well, and they have a long and pleasant life together.

  • Michael Cavett

    So is there any updates? Has the dog healed and did he keep his promise of adopting the dog. This is what I dislike about today’s media , they get you to read the article and leave you with unanswered questions.

  • Keilsey

    Way to go Aaron! Taking time out of your day to help a denfensless animal. I’m glad there is somebody out there that cares more about the life of an animal in danger than himself. (: Glad to see that Buster will be joining your family as well!

  • Robin

    Thank you!! Not only for saving this sweet Beagle’s life but for serving our country! God Bless You in each and every endeavor you attempt. Your compassion for this precious dog is so heartwarming.

  • chriswootenakachriswooten57

    Thanks to both for saving this dog. I have a beagle name Bailey and they are the sweetest loyal little dogs. I am so happy you are giving him a home. Pets should be inside or a fence yard so they can not get hurt. Hugs and thanks for your service. You are a true hero.

  • Kate Bunch

    So glad it was someone who cared enough to take care of Buster … not a county sheriff who, historically, prefers a fast draw & shoot rather than caring for the animal victim of hit & runs.

  • KT

    Really, you think he did this for himself. Crawl back under your rock and live with the slugs. He took the pic to make a point. 3 hours and animal control didn’t show up. Never mind, if it has to be explained to you it’s beyond any comprehension you could ever hope to have. Great to know you have not one ounce of compassion. jerk.

  • Recognize Kindness

    Awful lot of ‘I’s in your statement. Makes me sincerely doubt the accuracy and honesty of such statement. You also make a lot of assumptions, and we all know where that gets a person.

    I’m truly sorry you have such a negative view on life that your statement is what you got out of this story. There is absolutely no reason to tear down his actions the way you did. None.

    I feel for you, that you believe such pettiness, finger-pointing and ‘I would have done it better’ statements were necessary. I really do feel for you. Sending love and light your way so next time you happen to stumble across an act of kindness you can see the good and not the petty smallness of vision clouded by bitterness, jealousy or negativity.

  • who cares

    Instead of showing of the world the ways “you would’ve done all this better” why don’t you show everybody how you can do this better by donating some money to save some more other animals that didn’t have someone who took a selfie or who was waiting in the rain for 3 hours. C’mon… you are just full of it…

  • HoldON

    Wait a minute! Don’t comment like that with out all the details. 1. He wasn’t in a vehicle. 2. Police said to call AC. 3. When he found out AC wasn’t coming until later, he called a friend. 4. While waiting for friend, took pic to display online to help find owner.

  • Bob

    If you read it carefully, he said he couldn’t safely cross traffic with the poor dog because it was so badly injured. “Schneider crossed three lanes of traffic on foot and put himself in between oncoming traffic and the dog until he was able to coax the injured beagle off of the interstate, according to reports. Initially, he tried picking the beagle up, but the dog was in substantial pain and was defensive, so Schneider called 911 and was then referred to animal control for assistance.” If he were on an interstate, the traffic was probably going at least 55mph. He waited with the poor thing for three hours until someone could come help and plans to give him a permanent home once he is healed. I’m sure this picture was taken during the three hour wait time so if you want to criticize anyone, criticize the callous individual that hit the dog and neglected to stop.

  • Cheryl Sheehan

    THANK YOU for writing so eloquently…YOU are absolutely right, every word you said was spot on! I think you and I would get along beautifully and I mean that in a friendly way, I like thinkers and people who stand up for the greater good. You rock!…It’s just SO nice to read what someone has written from their heart and feel the exact same way!

  • Gregory Jones

    He saved this dog. He did a great thing. And this article is using this dog to “garner” charitable contributions to further help other animals like Buster. I don’t see the problem with him taking a picture of it.

  • Quynh

    And how many good deeds have you done lately? Frankly, I’m glad he is getting so much attention! I’d MUCH RATHER have stories like these on the media than what Kim K. or Justin Bieber (sp?) is doing. Not going to lie… If I saved a dog’s life, I’d be pretty darn proud of myself too! He could have just let the dog die, but he didn’t. He could have just called Animal Control and leave the dog for them to deal with. But he stayed with the dog, in the rain for 3 hours. The fact that you have posted not ONE but several comments to put this man down is pretty sad itself. Instead of spending your day judging people on the internet, why don’t you go volunteer somewhere and help people/animals if you don’t think their good deeds are good enough. Just saying.

  • Michael

    You mad bro? It looks like you don’t have many friends and it is obvious why. You’re going to bash someone who saved a dog and more importantly fought for the country? Why don’t you troll another article and get off this one.

  • jewlzzz

    Why are you trying to justify what your man did to a few brain dead and obviously jealousy bung holes? You should be proud instead of apologetic and defensive, he risk his life to save this boy and as far as I’m concerned this dog is a lot more lovable than most “humans” these days. So stop worrying about what a couple of and I’m just guessing, guys that more than likely wished they looked half as good as Steve Buscemi……….

  • Laurie

    Thank you for the extra details! Neither of you should let those who are negative and judgmental affect you in any way. There will always be idiots in this world. Their stupid comments just prove it. You guys did a really wonderful thing and most people were blessed to watch/read about what you did for this poor dog. I know it surely warmed my heart today. Thank you!

  • Amazed

    Ignore the ignorant. What your boyfriend Aaron did was incredibly heartfelt and brave. The stupid and the ugly will eventually fade away and you will be left with this memorable moment of saving this life that wouldn’t have survived without help. So thank you for risking so much to help Buster. Please createa FB page and email when you do. I would love to follow his progress.

  • Glenda Shikles

    This story made me cry. I think what you guys did was wonderful. I too have a beagle and they are the best dogs ever. I can’t imagine his owner not coming forward……But Buster couldn’t ask for a better forever family as he has already seen a very dedicated couple. I hope you get to pick Buster up very soon. As for all the loosers saying negative stuff……IGNORE, IGNORE….you know you did the right thing and Buster is alive because of your heroic actions!!!!!! Now for the person in the car that hit Buster……they are SCUM!

  • Cathie Warboy

    Doh, this was the first time I have tried to comment in this format. I clicked on COMMENT before I realized it was actually REPORT COMMENT. ): I was going to say BLESS YOU AND AARON – he, especially, has a beauty-full soul, full of love for animals. Buster couldn’t be going to a better home than with the both of you. ((Hugs))

  • Laurie

    Evidently you didn’t pay much attention to the beginning of the article or watch the video. He wasn’t “crossing the road”. It was the INTERSTATE. He crossed several lanes with oncoming traffic, was unable to pick up the dog and move him because the dog was in such pain that he was defensive. If you don’t know anything about trying to help an injured animal, that means that the dog probably snapped and growled from any attempts to move him. So this guy, this war hero (and anyone who has served in the military during wartime IS a hero), stays with the dog to protect him from oncoming traffic and COAXED him to the side of the road, stayed with him 3 hrs. waiting for help to arrive AND took him to the vet. Sounds like he gave up his whole day AND risked his life. Have you ever done anything like that? You know, putting yourself aside, giving up your time, safety, energy, plans, etc.etc.etc. for the good of another living creature?

  • kwee

    Biff, you sound like a craabb apple… The guy put himself in the line of traffic to keep the dog from further injury. GEEZ.. It was pretty cool of him to do it. There should be more people like him in the world.

  • DSBsky

    Lol. Amazing how anyone could come onto a story where a person clearly gave a shit about an animal and saved it’s life. and still find things to complain about. You know the syaing.. Misery loves company. Well any of you who spoke negatively about this are miserable people.. I’m sure you want company but you likely have very few friends. Let’s keep it that way and make sure no more of you turn up.. We have enough of you in this world. Just do us all a favor and never leave your home. We want nothing to do with you.

  • JenLamb35

    Here! Here! This was a wonderful act of kindness and it WAS an act of bravery. There are a lot of idiot drivers out there – one in particular hit this pup and didn’t stop. So of course it was dangerous to cross traffic AND to deal with an injured frightened dog. I’m so happy to hear and see that kindness isn’t dead in the world. Way to go Aaron!

  • Dianne

    I’d have done the same thing, Laurie. It’s just the RIGHT thing to do. I wish there were more people like you and I, and Aaron of course, in this world when it comes to animals and caring for them, instead of causing them to suffer.

  • Lynette Cross

    Suzanne , consider yourself sprayed with the troll spray. This was a very humain thing for him to do but you undoubtably wouldn’t have a clue as to what that is. Try not to show your stupidness in your comments . Sometimes it’s best just not to say what you think in your case. You’re pretty pathetic. I would lots rather have this man come alone when in need than you. The world would be so much better with fine people like this !