WATCH: Community helps save homeless man's dog

Posted at 7:43 PM, Oct 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-08 22:54:24-04

CINCINNATI -- The power of community helped save a local man’s dying dog, but he said his life was the one that was saved.

Ron Tingue, of Hamilton, was homeless when he realized his four-legged friend, Shadow, was starting to get sick.

He walked from church to church to try to find help, but he came up with nothing. So he started to walk -- ten miles to the nearest shelter.

A police officer called a dog warden who then called Joseph’s Legacy Rescue, a Middletown animal rescue and adoption organization.

A nurse from Joseph’s Legacy Rescue got to Shadow in time to save him.

Tingue said Shadow was on antibiotics and fluids for five days, and members of the community donated money and supplies.

A barbeque was held at Crawford Woods Park Saturday, as Tingue’s way of saying thanks to the community who took care of his dog and changed his life.

Joseph's Legacy Rescue said Tingue never asked for anything, but they helped him get a job. Someone even gave him a truck.

"They're beautiful, wonderful people," Tingue said. "I'm just so grateful."

Tingue starts his job on Monday.

An entire community brought together, and it all started with a dog.

Tingue and Shadow are trying to find a home together. You can donate to them here.