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Good Samaritan Rescues 16-Year-Old Pet Dog Spotted Hanging from an Overpass by Electrical Cord

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 08, 2019
03:00 P.M.

On Monday, a Good Samaritan saved a dog that was choking on an electrical cord. The canine’s owner had somehow lost the pet and didn’t know where he was.


Max the dog was found nearly hanging from the side of power box on an Interstate-70 overpass in Independence, Missouri by a passerby who spotted him.

David Fredman was on his way to work north on Sterling under the I-70 overpass when he saw the dog that seemed abandoned.

David Fredman discussing how he saved Max the dog on August 5, 2019 | Photo: YouTube/FOX4 News Kansas City

David Fredman discussing how he saved Max the dog on August 5, 2019 | Photo: YouTube/FOX4 News Kansas City

Fredman explained:

"I saw what looked like a dog that was being hung over the side of some sort of power box. The cord was definitely strangling him.”

Max’s feet were barely touching the ground, according to his savior. Fredman also recalled how the desperate pet tried “to whip his head left and right but could barely move it.”


The first thing the Good Samaritan did was to call 911 before using his knife to cut the dog free. Fredman shared that Max was struggling to breathe and “couldn’t walk.”

Dee Vaughn thanking David Fredman for saving Max on August 5, 2019 | Photo: YouTube/FOX4 News Kansas City

Dee Vaughn thanking David Fredman for saving Max on August 5, 2019 | Photo: YouTube/FOX4 News Kansas City

Instead of abandoning the dog; he took him to KC Pet Project. The animal shelter found a microchip on the dog contacted his owner who had been looking for him since Monday morning.

Dee Vaughn said Max somehow disappeared from about a mile away. Luckily for the dog’s owner, “Two hours later there was a phone call came in asking if I was missing my dog.”


Vaughn insisted that there was no way the 16-year-old dog could have gone that far because he struggled to walk. Max’s owner was horrified when he saw photos of how the dog had been found.

Fredman shared his disbelief that someone could “do that to an animal at all.” Vaughn was so grateful for Fredman’s help that he invited him to his home as soon as they both got off work on Monday.

Max’s owner hopes that surveillance cameras from nearby or possibly SCOUT cameras will reveal the truth about what happened to his pet. The area is said to be frequented by homeless people.

Ally Turley Young took to Facebook on July 23 to ask for help finding homes for eight puppies. The litter’s mother is a terrier they named Taco Belle that Young and her husband, Steven, began fostering a few months ago.

They didn’t know the dog was pregnant when they rescued it from the kill list. Belle’s puppies were also named after menu items from the fast-food restaurant.

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