One couple's generosity is the reason one dog is alive and well. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
One couple's generosity is the reason one dog is alive and well. Lauren Utz lost both of her dogs this past weekend, but with the help of family and strangers she was able to find Kali and Kobe.
Utz was then faced with another obstacle. While apart, Kobe had been hit by a car leaving him with several bruises and collapsed lungs. Kobe needed life-saving surgery immediately, but the price tag was $1,000 and the vet needed $710 up front. Utz didn't have the money and said tears started rolling down her face.
"I was a little distressed. I kind of took a deep breath and went and sat down to figure out what I was going to do," Utz said.
A young couple was in the animal hospital at the same time Lauren got her news.
"The woman poked her head out the door and said ‘don't worry it's been taken care of'. I was just kind of confused and shocked at first," Utz said.
She then found out the complete strangers had paid $710 for Kobe's surgeries.
"The three of us just hugged in the vet's office. I have no idea who they are, but I love them because my boy would not be doing well if it wasn't for them," Utz explained.
Kobe is on his way to a full recovery thanks to a life-saving gift from a couple of Good Samaritans. A moment Lauren says she'll never forget.
"I just want them to know how incredibly grateful I am and that my dogs are my world and if something would've happened to Kobe that night," Utz said. "I don't know what I would've done, but solely because of them, they saved his life."
The couple who paid for the surgeries didn't want to be identified, but said in a telephone interview that they weren't looking for any type of payback, and that they were blessed by just making someone else's day a little brighter.