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Victoria man looking for the owner of small, brown Chihuahua

By Bianca Montes
July 4, 2013 at 2:04 a.m.
Updated July 5, 2013 at 2:05 a.m.

Victoria resident Martin Garcia holds a Chihuahua he calls Brown. Brown was hit three times by traffic last Monday on Red River Street but managed to survive the ordeal with the help of Garcia, who performed CPR on Brown and then spent $280 in veterinary bills to save him. "I'm an animal lover," Garcia said. Garcia hopes to find a permanent home for Brown.

HOW TO HELP

A small, light brown Chihuahua was hit by a car on Red River Street near the intersection of Levi Street on June 24. A Victoria man is looking for its owner. If you can assist, call Martin Garcia at 361-652-4560.

Martin Garcia never thought he would use the life-saving techniques he learned watching cable television.

But last week when a small, light brown Chihuahua darted in front of his vehicle on Red River Street, he had no choice but to save its life.

The dog was barely breathing, and Garcia thought it was going to die.

"I wasn't going to leave him," Garcia said, petting the small dog in his lap, his voice breaking with tears. "I wasn't going to just leave him in the street."

Garcia said he gave the dog CPR by lightly blowing in his face and patting the small dog's rib cage, a technique he learned watching Animal Planet.

"I wasn't going to let him die," he said.

Garcia also took the dog to a veterinarian to make sure he did not have any internal injuries, a procedure that cost the Victoria man $280.

"I'm an animal lover," Garcia said. "If I could save his life, I was going to do it."

While Garcia has already bonded with the dog, he said he can't keep it and wants to find its owner.

The dog appears to be healthy and taken care of - no fleas, trimmed nails and clean.

If anyone has any information that can help locate the dog's owner, contact Garcia at 361-652-4560.

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