“They didn’t take him to the vet,” St. James said. “They just let him be disabled and injured as he was, so things healed in a bad way.”
A local Iranian animal lover, however, saw Chance at the family’s home, and took the video of him that eventually made its way to St. James and Kargosha.
St. James offered to pay for Chance’s flight to the U.S., and also for the surgery he desperately needed. But when St. James and Kargosha tried to find a volunteer to fly Chance from Iran to the U.S., they had a lot of trouble — it had a lot to do with President Trump’s travel ban, which prohibited citizens from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from obtaining visas and entering the U.S.