Arkansas girl chooses to save dog’s life over Disney trip

Posted at 5:30 PM, Jan 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-27 18:02:53-05

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ark. - Eight-year-old Patience Lemly said she found her dog, Brownie, lying on the road after he was ran over by a car.

"I saw him lift his head up and my mama noticed," Patience said. "She said it and I bursted out crying."

Brownie suffered severe swelling to the brain from the hit. Patience said seeing her dog hurt was heartbreaking.

"He has a strong head. He's my baby," Patience said. "I don't want to lose him."

In order to pay for Brownie's vet bill, Patience used money she was saving for a Disney trip and college fund.

Brownie isn't the first dog to be hit in the area where she lives. She met with Johnson County Sheriff Jimmy Dorney to discuss speeding issues. He said he was shocked at her maturity and impressed at how she stood up for her beliefs.

"I hated that she had to go through that with her dog," Dorney said.

The Sheriff's Department decided to donate $85 to help Patience cover the cost of the bill.

"We were very glad to be able to help her get some of that back and do that for her because she's a good girl," Dorney said.

Patience's dog, Brownie, is expected to make a full recovery.