A young Johnson County girl gives up her chance to visit Disney to save her puppy’s life, all in an effort to put an end to speeding.
Eight-year-old Patience Lemly said she found her dog, Brownie, lying on the road after he was run over by a car.
“I saw him lift his head up on the road and I bursted out crying,” she said.
Brownie suffered severe swelling to the brain from being struck by a vehicle. Patience said seeing her dog hurt was heart breaking.
“He’s very lucky,” she said. “He has a strong head. He’s my baby. I don’t want to lose him.”
Patience said Brownie is not the first dog to be run over in the area she lives.
“I don’t want this to happen to another person,” she said. “I’ve had two other dogs that have got hit and died. I don’t want it to happen again.”
Patience made an appointment with Johnson County Sheriff Jimmy Dorney to talk about speeding issues in her neighborhood. Dorney said he was impressed by the way Patience stood up for what she believed in.
“It just shocked me that she sat across the desk from me and talked to me like an adult,” he said. “She stated the facts plain and simple. This is what happened and this is the help she needed.”
Patience helped pay for Brownie’s vet bill using money she was saving for a Disney trip and college fund, something Dorney said was very touching.
“I am very proud of how mature Patience is,” he said. “I hated that she had to go through that with her dog.”
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department donated $85 to help Patience cover the cost of the vet bill.
“We were very glad to be able to help her get some of that money back and do that for her,” Dorney said. “She’s a good girl.”
Patience told 5NEWS her dog Brownie is expected to make a full recovery.