Diego was found near death in the mountains of Utah east of Park City in 2008. His injures were so severe that animal control had to consider euthanizing him since an owner could not be reached. Fortunately he was turned over to Diana Maxell, a Doberman Rescue volunteer who transported him to Marsha for immediate Veterinary care. He was taken to Willow Creek Pet Center for immediate surgery by Dr. Aaron Barney. His skull was fractured and an eye ruptured by large canines (about 4" apart). From that and the amount of bacteria causing infection it's assumed he was attacked by a Mountain Lion. Once stabilized Diego was taken to a board certified surgeon at Utah Pet Center for more extensive surgery to repair his badly infected wounds. No one reported him missing to animal control or any other agency in Utah.

Diego has a wonderful, sweet personality that shines through even when he's in severe pain. He was fostered by a wonderful woman who had just lost her service dog. She helped to nurse him back to good health and he helped her while she waited for another trained service dog. He was then permanently adopted by Kiran and her husband where he is an important part of the family. ( Diego's story continued below)


Update: Diego owes his life to a whole lot of luck and the kindness of strangers. After Diego's story aired on KSL, we received this email:

Last night you ran a story about a Doberman Pinscher that had been adopted. There is actually a lot more to that story you probably should hear.

My son Bronson Butler of Kamas, is actually the one that saved the dogs life. The dog never would have made it through the night if not for Bronsons kind heart.

It was about three weeks ago on a Saturday night, Bronson and his girlfriend Katie Wadsworth fell asleep while watching a movie at our house. Usually Bronson takes Katie home around midnight, however that night they woke up and realized they had fallen asleep until 2:00 am. Thinking they needed to get her home as soon as possible they jumped in their brand new BMW, (less than a week old, completely decked out leather seats, the works), and decided to take the back roads from our house over to Peoa. This is a non maintained dirt road with no houses, desolate area. They would never take this road in a car like that other than under these circumstances. The dirt road saves about 10 minutes getting to Peoa.

They were driving down the dirt road fairly fast when Bronson saw an animal laying half in the ditch and half in the road. He stoped, backed up and put the animal in his headights. He realized the dog he was looking at was still alive. He started to look him over and realized how bad he was hurt. Both Bronson and Katie are very soft hearted people when it comes to animals. They decided brand new car or not this dog needed to go home with Bronson. Bronson picked up the stray Doberman, who was covered in mud and blood and put him in his brand new car, right on the back seat. He took Katie home and returned home around 2:30am.

Jenny and I woke up from all the commotion. Bronson had all the lights on in the back yard and was trying to doctor up the wounded dog. I got out of bed to see what he was doing and walked out on the patio. Bronson had blood all over his shirt and arms. I saw the bloody dog laying on our patio and thought maybe Bronson had hit him, but then he told me the story. He then proceeded to tell me how we needed to keep him and nurse him back to health, along with our other 5 dogs, 4 horses, two cats, two goats, and 15 chickens. I told him let's just try to make him comfortable for the night.

Bronson had been giving him water and trying to clean him up a little bit. When I looked closely at the dog I honestly didn't think he would make it through the night. He was missing his left eye, he had a hole in the top of his head you could see down to his skull and several other puncture wounds on his head and face.

We cleaned out one of the kennels and made him as comfortable as possible and gave him fresh water, which he continued to drink. This was the only positive thing that made us think he might make it. We went back to bed and woke up early the next morning and found him still alive. We brought him out on the grass and tried to see what other damage had been done to him. We realized he needed medical attention immediately.

I jumped in my truck and went down to the area where Bronson had found the dog. The closest house were about 1/2 a mile from where he picked him up. I talked to as many people as I could up and down the area closest to where he was, nobody seemed to have any information about anyone owning a Doberman.

I went back home and found Jenny talking to the dog. We decided the best thing to do was to contact Summit County Animal Control, which we did. They said they would come right over. When they arrived a couple hours later we made it clear to them that we did not want them to put him down, and that we would take responsibility for him if nobody else would. They assured us that they would not do that. We also asked if they would keep us posted of his progress.

The next day we got a phone call from the animal control officer that picked the dog up from our house. She told us they did an emergency surgery and removed the dog's eye among other things. She also told us she had turned the dog over to a doberman rescue organization. We thought that was great when we heard that news. We have not heard anything else until last night on the news. I think, if nothing else, the dogs new owner) might want to hear just how lucky it was that he was found in the middle of the night on a deserted road. Maybe the rest of the story needs to be told. Thank You.

Diego in Summer of 2013


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