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Good Samaritans help save injured dog and his companion

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dogs getting hit on the highway, it happens every day. But when a Good Samaritan saw two dogs trying to cross three lanes of traffic on Highway 71, she had to pull over. She was able to save them with the help of Kansas City’s finest.

There's reason for both of them to be happy. Without Deborah Dominick, Bear probably would've died on the side of the road.

“The bumper came off, he hit the dog so hard it pulled his bumper off,” she said.

Dominick saw Bear trying to cross three lanes of traffic. She pulled over to try and reach the dog. But then a driver ran right into Bear.

“He pulled over to the side to fix his bumper but he didn't come to help me,” said Dominick.

Thirty minutes later, an off duty detective stopped to help. And then another officer, Tom Butkovich, closed down a lane so that Bear could be pulled to safety.

“I couldn't have continued knowing there was a hurt dog,” he said.

Standing close by was another dog Honey who quickly came to her friend's side. Butkovich kept Honey calm by giving her dog biscuits, something he always keeps in his car.

“There was a cold winter night and a dog in a parking lot that was all by himself. I couldn't get him to come to me because I couldn't get animal control so I thought I'm going to start carrying them,” said Butkovich. “First time I used them.”

The good Samaritans drove both dogs to the vet where the bill was split between them.

Butkovich says the owner couldn't afford to care for the dogs anymore so the animals were turned over to KC Pet Project.

Dominick says she hopes to get the pair adopted together.