S. Philadelphia Community Rallies To Save Ailing Puppy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A community in South Philadelphia is rallying to help an ailing puppy that was left for dead.

His name is ‘Sailor,’ a Sheppard-mix, whose foster family gave him that name because it was like he was ship wrecked when they found him at 15th and Federal Streets in South Philadelphia.

He was abandoned and had been hit by a car. Three of Sailor’s legs were badly injured and he was barely able to walk. At the time he was discovered, he was emaciated.

“The first time we got him, we got him warm and expected him to die, ” said Dan Langolis, who helped rescue Sailor.

But instead of giving up hope on the 6-month-old dog, these friends nursed him back to health, helping Sailor gain 10 pounds.

“A lot of vets told me to put him down right away,” said Clair Sauer. “The surgeons were ready to operate on him yesterday, but I had to tell them ‘I don’t have the money.'”

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The wounded puppy’s surgery will cost roughly $5,000, and Sailor’s foster family set up a website with pictures to help raise the money. Miraculously, within 24 hours, they’ve gotten almost all the funds they needed.

“I do a lot of work with strays and dogs who don’t have much hope, and it’s usually because people have let them down. But so many people have stepped up for this guy.”

Sailor’s surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday, but his foster family will continue to raise money for future bills and other costs.

When Sailor is fully rehabilitated, he will be put up for adoption.

Reported By Valerie Levesque, CBS 3



  • A Friend

    Wow, this is wonderful, thanks Philly! I’ve just heard that Nathalie Anderson, the woman who’s been caring for Sailor and created the Chip In site was in a car accident. Is she okay?

  • Gwen

    Rescuing Sailor is a wonderful, selfless kindness. Kudos to everyone helping him. I know that there will be a waiting list of people who want to adopt Sailor. I would like to be part of this list. We recently lost our 15 year old Dachshund and will adopt another dog. My contact information is gfb78@comcast.net. I know God will take care of Sailor and his surgery will be successful.

  • trish cannon

    Hello my name is trish cannon i am writing this email to offer my home to this adorable [puppy who was given a second chance at life i have a large backyard and lots of love and chapiuonship to offer this liitle guy if you are interested please contact me at 732-841-7169 sincerely, Trish Cannon

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  • Diane

    NOTHING is wrong with this picture!!! How heartless and shameful a statement. We purpose to help both mankind and our dear animal friends. Am certain that God wants us to display kindness and care for ALL!!! This is absolutely an example of God working through us to help someone. You aren’t convincing of your stated “love for animals”

  • Lorna

    D – If you want to help homeless people noone is stopping you. I can’t imagine starving to death in pain in an alley while only a baby. People throw away animals like this every day, I’m glad so many people stepped up to help him.

  • Lorna

    People will line up to help Sailor – please consider adopting from your local SPCA where many dogs are on death row.

  • Larry Kisthart

    I am a 55 year old man who would like to adopt Sailor when he is ready. My problem isthat i don’t drive. I live in Kutztown, Pa, in the country. I have my own house and can provide for him and give him a good home. He would be a great help for me, as i live alone and could use the companionship. If you can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. My name is Larry Kisthart and you can comtact me at 610-683-5179 or by e-mail at crusher56us@yahoo.com. Thank You

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