Army veteran risks life to save injured beagle

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Don

    Thank you for your service sir……I too am a vet from 1965-1967 and I would have done the same thing. I have two dogs and could not see one in pain and suffering. That driver is lucky he left before you got there……I have the same fleeing ….what a coward !!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU and your new FRIEND.

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