Beth-Andy Kohn Gresham took to Facebook on Friday, posting a photo of a helpless dog with a jar trapped on its head she spotted near her work in Memphis, Tennessee. Though Gresham was unable to physically help the dog, animal lovers responded to the Facebook post with dozens of comments and hundreds of shares. By Saturday afternoon, a team was quickly assembled to locate and rescue the stray dog.
Gresham first attempted to collar the dog herself, but the stray ran off into the woods. However, she was able to snap a photo and upload the pic to Facebook. Noting the dog's predicament and emaciated form, she listed off the names of some her own Facebook friends, seeking out their help, but also elicited an open callout to anyone in the area who could help.
While the circumstances of how the dog became trapped are unknown, authorities were able to locate the stray based on the location Gresham specified in her Facebook post. The animal was found wandering near the Raleigh Jackson Avenue off Interstate-140. Once found, the rescue team used container cutters to free the dog from the plastic jar.
"If someone tied you up and went to go beating you or attacking you, there is nothing you can do. Same thing with that dog," rescuer Jess McClain told CBS affiliate WREG. "If another dog came up and attacked him he can't do a thing, or eat or drink."
Fortunately, the team was able to find the dog in time and also rescued another stray during the extensive search of the woods that spanned Saturday morning and afternoon. The skinny white dog with black spots now has a new name -- Miracle -- and home, according to the Examiner.
This is not the first time social media outreach has saved a life. Last year, Facebook posts from a concerned mother led a friend to assist in the diagnosis of her child's rare disease doctors had initially missed.
Earlier this month, a Twitter user in London was saved by fellow tweeters who notified authorities of the 47-year-old's troubling tweets alleging a "real-time suicide."
(Image via Facebook, Beth-Andy Kohn Gresham)
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