When the couple pulled up, the man who had hit the dog was already gone. But an older couple was at the scene.
Aziz called out from the car window.
"Is he dead?"
The couple replied, "He's still breathing."
When Skidmore approached the animal, she realized he wasn't just a small dog.
"I saw baby teeth," she says.
Skidmore tenderly plucked the gravel pits from the puppy, tended to his road rash and made him as comfortable as she could. He was emaciated, infested with parasites, unconscious and in shock.
"I had no idea how severe his injuries were," says Skidmore, who is a veterinary technician at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, "but he was completely unresponsive."
Then she bundled him in her jacket as the car barreled down the highway to the local veterinary clinic.