Save Charlie

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On February 29, 2016, Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies responded to the area of N. 1st Street at Sonora, in San Jose for a report of a person and his dog who accidentally walked into the path of a VTA light rail train and were struck.  The owner was treated at the scene.  His dog, Charlie, was thrown from the impact and is currently being treated at a local vet.  The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is trying to raise funds to help with the medical treatment expense, which his owner is currently unable to pay for.   Any amount will help and thank you in advance.
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When Charlie was originally bleeding from his mouth and ear, we were told could be a sign of brain hemorrhaging. The original vet said Charlie was very aggressive and it took 4 employees to apply a muzzle. He needed to be x-rayed to be sure if his hind legs or hips were fractured. Because Romale could only afford one round of pain medication, the x-rays were not performed. Charlie was transferred to three different facilities due to jurisdiction related issues. He has been x-rayed and his hind quarters are not seriously injured as previously thought. He is no longer showing aggression. Charlie is still receiving care at the County Animal shelter in San Martin but possibly could be reunited with his former family tomorrow.
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Charlie and his owner Romale have been reunited! Earlier this morning, Sergeant Cobble (Santa Clara Sheriff's Office - Transit Divsion) drove Romale down to the County Animal Shelter in San Martin. I wasn't there, but I hear the reunion was very emotional.

Romale wasn't quite sure why a bunch of cops took the extra steps to help him. Contrary to what has been highlighted in the media, the majority of law enforcement officers really just want to help. We're all human and this is what we do.

Charlie continues to recover, heal, and show improvement everyday.

A bit of background... Charlie was originally gifted to Romale. Romale is currently transient and decided it's in Charlie's best interest to return him to his previous owner's daughter. This way, Charlie can live a more normal and comfortable life.

We are still discussing how to property distribute the donated funds.

Once again, we can't thank everyone enough for coming together to help a stranger and his best friend.
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Charlie has been transported to the Santa Clara County Animal Shelter in San Martin, where he is receiving medical care. We are also actively making efforts to reunite Charlie with his owner. We are so thankful to all the caring people who have expressed so much concern for our four legged friend. Thank You.
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Kayla Marie Cromer
42 months ago

Would be great if any other funds could be used to board Charlie somewhere so he can heal in comfort. Instead of the streets. Maybe a cart to his owner can push, harness, leash, flea products, food, etc. Just a thought. Thank you.

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Jeanette Demma
42 months ago
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Maybe the local Vet, where Charlie's being cared for, has boarding availability and the remainder of what's been raised so far, can go towards board and care, while rehabbing... ♥ ♥ ♥ Charlie ♥ ♥ ♥ Hang in there dude... :)

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Kathy Lellis
42 months ago
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Can any of the excess be used to help Romale find housing that will take the dog? Or is that not at all a possibility. Perhaps the extra money can be donated to a food bank for animals; some people have difficulty buying pet food sometimes, but won't part with their pet, and they need food for the animal. Or towards an organization that helps homeless, who want help, who have pets find housing that will accept their pet. If more places allowed pets there would be fewer pets being dumped or surrendered. I volunteer at a shelter and it's amazing how many people surrender their pets because they are moving and cannot take their pet.

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Sara Wright
42 months ago
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I appreciate the good intentions of the Sheriff's Office deputies for starting this page. But since it has been shared throughout the media in the past couple of days, I would feel remiss as a person who is owned by her dog and cats if I didn't mention that I feel uncomfortable with the fact that this beautiful dog could be returned to a situation where it cannot be cared for financially. It is also unfortunate that Charlie was put in a position to be led in the path of an oncoming VTA train in an area without a crosswalk. As the other commenters have mentioned, if there can be as much done as possible to ensure the long-term care of this dog, it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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Vicki Stancavage
42 months ago
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It's pretty amazing that 342 people can raise over $10, 000 in two days to save an innocent animal. It gives a person hope for the human race. :) I truly think there might be at least a few less homeless people with animals on the streets if affordable pet friendly housing wasn't something of a myth in this area.

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Diane Bonds
42 months ago
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Perhaps Charlie ' s owner needs a collar & leash to keep Charlie out of harm's way, ya think? Could that be arranged also...please?

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Suz Turner
42 months ago

could it be Charlie was being aggressive because of pain not because he is an aggressive dog. he is in a place he doesn't know and in pain sometimes kind words and caring before you muzzle him or how about the vet donating pain medication instead of waiting for money

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Andrea Dion
42 months ago

If there are funds left over, some shelters or veterinary offices have funds set up to help people who cannot afford veterinary care for their pets in an emergency. Maybe it can be earmarked to be used for a homeless person's pet. Many homeless people take good care of their pets. They might not have a house, but their pets get lots of attention and are not chained up in a backyard all day. In San Francisco there is VetSOS, I don't know if there is anyone doing something similar in the South Bay.

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Tatiana Cardenas
42 months ago

Im happy charlie is recuperating.i am very sad for romale the owner.hopefully charlie will be in good hands..it is comforting to know there are good people who care for our furry best friends...god bless everyone who made this possible..

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Susan Hyde Hennessy
42 months ago

I have heard about this story on the news the other night and wanted to donate. So glad to hear he has double what he needs! Also that he is going to live in a more normal surrounding for the care that he needs. I hope the extra money that Charlie doesn't need can be put into a fund by the Sheriff's department to help other animals in need. They are off to a good start there, already!

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Betty Capwell Griffith
42 months ago

People are so quick to judge you think just because they got hit by a train that they are automatically homeless or something, do you ever stop to think maybe he was taking his dog out for a walk and this happen and yes some people cannot afford vet bills cause they are very expensive and sometimes there more expensive then a humans medical bill!!!!! Charlie i hope you heal very quickly so you can be back with your owner

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42 months ago
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42 months ago
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AJ KF
42 months ago

Please donate my money to Charlie and owner

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42 months ago
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42 months ago
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Nancy Lucero
42 months ago

What a Cutie ! Love you Charlie

Kayla Marie Cromer
42 months ago

Would be great if any other funds could be used to board Charlie somewhere so he can heal in comfort. Instead of the streets. Maybe a cart to his owner can push, harness, leash, flea products, food, etc. Just a thought. Thank you.

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Jeanette Demma
42 months ago
4
4

Maybe the local Vet, where Charlie's being cared for, has boarding availability and the remainder of what's been raised so far, can go towards board and care, while rehabbing... ♥ ♥ ♥ Charlie ♥ ♥ ♥ Hang in there dude... :)

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Kathy Lellis
42 months ago
3
3

Can any of the excess be used to help Romale find housing that will take the dog? Or is that not at all a possibility. Perhaps the extra money can be donated to a food bank for animals; some people have difficulty buying pet food sometimes, but won't part with their pet, and they need food for the animal. Or towards an organization that helps homeless, who want help, who have pets find housing that will accept their pet. If more places allowed pets there would be fewer pets being dumped or surrendered. I volunteer at a shelter and it's amazing how many people surrender their pets because they are moving and cannot take their pet.

+ Read More
Sara Wright
42 months ago
2
2

I appreciate the good intentions of the Sheriff's Office deputies for starting this page. But since it has been shared throughout the media in the past couple of days, I would feel remiss as a person who is owned by her dog and cats if I didn't mention that I feel uncomfortable with the fact that this beautiful dog could be returned to a situation where it cannot be cared for financially. It is also unfortunate that Charlie was put in a position to be led in the path of an oncoming VTA train in an area without a crosswalk. As the other commenters have mentioned, if there can be as much done as possible to ensure the long-term care of this dog, it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

+ Read More
Vicki Stancavage
42 months ago
1
1

It's pretty amazing that 342 people can raise over $10, 000 in two days to save an innocent animal. It gives a person hope for the human race. :) I truly think there might be at least a few less homeless people with animals on the streets if affordable pet friendly housing wasn't something of a myth in this area.

+ Read More
Diane Bonds
42 months ago
1
1

Perhaps Charlie ' s owner needs a collar & leash to keep Charlie out of harm's way, ya think? Could that be arranged also...please?

+ Read More
Suz Turner
42 months ago

could it be Charlie was being aggressive because of pain not because he is an aggressive dog. he is in a place he doesn't know and in pain sometimes kind words and caring before you muzzle him or how about the vet donating pain medication instead of waiting for money

+ Read More
Andrea Dion
42 months ago

If there are funds left over, some shelters or veterinary offices have funds set up to help people who cannot afford veterinary care for their pets in an emergency. Maybe it can be earmarked to be used for a homeless person's pet. Many homeless people take good care of their pets. They might not have a house, but their pets get lots of attention and are not chained up in a backyard all day. In San Francisco there is VetSOS, I don't know if there is anyone doing something similar in the South Bay.

+ Read More
Tatiana Cardenas
42 months ago

Im happy charlie is recuperating.i am very sad for romale the owner.hopefully charlie will be in good hands..it is comforting to know there are good people who care for our furry best friends...god bless everyone who made this possible..

+ Read More
Susan Hyde Hennessy
42 months ago

I have heard about this story on the news the other night and wanted to donate. So glad to hear he has double what he needs! Also that he is going to live in a more normal surrounding for the care that he needs. I hope the extra money that Charlie doesn't need can be put into a fund by the Sheriff's department to help other animals in need. They are off to a good start there, already!

+ Read More
Betty Capwell Griffith
42 months ago

People are so quick to judge you think just because they got hit by a train that they are automatically homeless or something, do you ever stop to think maybe he was taking his dog out for a walk and this happen and yes some people cannot afford vet bills cause they are very expensive and sometimes there more expensive then a humans medical bill!!!!! Charlie i hope you heal very quickly so you can be back with your owner

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