SARASOTA, FL- Tears were shedding when Scott Driscoll arrived at Coastal Veterinary Hospital on Friday, to pick up his service dog named, Onyx.
On Friday morning, while Driscoll was on his bicycle with Onyx at his side, the dog's leg got caught in one of the spokes. Onyx required emergency surgery to repair the broken leg. Onyx is a 7-month-old Doberman Pinscher.
This is the first time the man and his dog have been separated since Driscoll got him. Driscoll, a 25-year Army Veteran, suffers from PTSD.
"He helps me out with night terrors. He will wake me up. He is there as a comfort. Wherever I go, he is next to me. He is right there at my side," Driscoll said.
Now, the roles are reversed.
"He takes care of me. That's his job. Now, it's my turn to take care of him," said Driscoll, trying to hold back tears.
The surgery bill is rather pricey. For that reason, Linda Craig with Manasota Operation Troop Support is trying to find people who would be interested in donating money. She is looking to raise $1200.
"For everything Veterans do for us, I know people can step up to the plate and help."
If you are interested in helping, you can call Linda at (941) 782-0748, or you can send donations to:
Manasota Operation Troop Support
4302 32nd Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Onyx is expected to make a full recovery.