GOOD NEWS Man's Best Friend: Vet Starts Fund for Injured Dog's Steep Medical Bills
Former Sgt. William Cole's 29 months as a special ops solider in Iraq and Afghanistan left him with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
He says the only thing that helped him was his service dog, Hank.
So when Hank was hit by a car and given a 50/50 chance of survival, Cole knew he had to save his dog's life, no matter the cost.
Cole explained on "Fox and Friends Weekend" this morning that four deployments had taken a major toll on him.
Medication and therapy weren't working, so he decided to try a service dog, adopting Labrador Retriever Hank when he was a 10-week-old puppy.
"It ended up being the best decision I've ever made," Cole said.
He explained that several months ago, Hank escaped from the backyard through a cracked gate and was hit by a car.
Luckily, he was taken to a veterinary hospital quickly, which likely saved his life.
With a fractured C4 in his spine, two broken scapulas and a significant portion of his left lung removed, Hank's medical bill stands at $11,000 and could continue to grow, as he could need ongoing care.
Cole said that a doctor's appointment on Wednesday at the Texas A&M Veterinary Hospital will determine what happens next.
"He's a young dog, so he definitely has the will and the drive to get better," Cole said.
The special ops veteran started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help pay for his dog's exorbitant medical bills.
Watch more from "Fox and Friends Weekend" above and be sure to visit Cole's GoFundMe page if you would like to contribute to Hank's medical fund.