A dog was rescued from the streets of Los Angeles thanks to a woman who spotted the lost-looking canine while surfing Google Maps.
Jennifer Velasquez contacted the Los Angeles-based group Hope For Paws and let them know where she had seen the dog. She was sitting in front of what looked like an abandoned building, which is right where Hope For Paws’ employee Eldad Hagar found her when he set out to find her.
A local business owner said that he had seen the dog there for as many as 10 years, according to Hagar, who posted a video of the rescue on YouTube.
This dog was rescued from the streets of California thanks to a woman who spotted the lost-looking canine while surfing Google Maps
Jennifer Velasquez spotted the dog, later named Sonya, on Google Maps (center, in front of the black door)
This is an image taken from Google Maps, where Velasquez spotted Sonya looking lost and alone
Stray dog is rescued after she is spotted on Google Street View
The dog, which he named Sonya, was shy toward Hagar at first, hiding under a truck instead of greeting him – but she happily gobbled up the bits of cheeseburger he fed her.
After a while, she trotted out from underneath the truck and over to a parking lot, where he tried to gain her trust and get a leash on her.
Eventually, she allowed Hagar to pet her and before long, she was nuzzling up to his side and inviting the affection. Hagar then loaded her into his SUV and took her to a groomer, who shaved her mangled coat and gave her a bath.
She was then taken to a vet, as it was revealed she had several tumors and other health problems, including arthritis. She was given the medical treatment she needed and eventually taken in by a foster family.
Hope For Paws’ Eldad Hagar fed Sonya bits of a cheeseburger to try and gain her trust
After a while, she trotted out from underneath the truck and over to a parking lot
While she hid under another vehicle, Hagar petted her and talked to her
Sonya nuzzles up to Hagar’s side and welcomes his affection as he manages to put a leash on her
Two weeks ago, a YouTube user commented on Hagar’s video with an update on her health.
The user said she was having some problems with bone spurs in her back and that a vet said it could lead to paralysis.
‘She is too old for surgery and that type of surgery is iffy even on a young dog,’ the user wrote. ‘We have started her on new meds and have started acupuncture. She seems to be responding well to her first session.
‘The vet said if she were still on the street she probably wouldn’t be walking. Sonya is doing good and is happy as ever. Please send her good thoughts and we will take great care of her.’
Hagar loads the dog into his car. Outside the window is the black door that Sonya was spotted sitting in front of on Google Maps
After a bath, a haircut and a trip to the vet, Sonya was taken in by a foster family
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