Luckily, an animal rescue group arrived to set up a temporary spay and neuter clinic, and the locals took the dog to them. Even though this clinic wasn't equipped for complex surgery, the visiting veterinarians managed to amputate the dog's leg and save his life. The vets knew, however, that this dog needed ongoing care, and recommended he be moved to the U.S.
"We'll take him!" Tod Emko remembers saying, along with friend and colleague Andrea Gordon, who was also volunteering on that trip to the Dominican Republic. "I looked at him and he looked at me, and I knew he was somebody. I knew we needed to save him."
Emko and Gordon named the dog Piggy because he had less fur when he was rescued and looked more like a piglet than the border collie cross he would turn out to be. But not long after Piggy moved to New York City, he grew back his thick black and white coat and learned to get around on three legs. "Generally he just runs," Emko says. "He's faster than most four-legged dogs."