An accident on Tallinn's Laagna tee which killed two people and injured six also saw a dog seriously injured. To cover the animal's medical expenses, the Estonian Animal Rescue Group (Eesti Loomapäästegrupp) raised more than €30,000.
The dog, called Arina, was in one of the cars involved in the crash, caused by a speeding driver, and broke its spine as a result.
The animal was not given much hope and was said to have only a five percent chance of survival. However, both dog owner Oleg and the animal rescue group were ready to fight for Arina's life "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported on Tuesday.
The animal rescue group started collecting donations to cover Arina's medical expenses. "It is a common practice that when we pick up an animal from the street, the donation campaign starts immediately, and this has been the case for 13 years," said Heiki Valner, a representative of the animal rescue group.
Based on the animal rescue group's comments, donations are sometimes collected to so-called superstar animals, where donations help to cover the treatment bills of other animals as well. Donations for Arina could save hundreds of more animals.
After a long and complicated operation, Arina is now finally recovering at home. Owner Oleg says he is very grateful to everyone who helped save Arina's life.
"It's just admirable that there was something left of her at all. There was nothing left of the trunk of the car. There is nothing left of the back seat, there is no luggage. It's a series of miracles and I really want her not to disappear, but to live on," said Oleg.
In addition to other animals, the large donation collected for Arina will also help the animal rescue group to breathe easier this summer.
"There are so many more accidents, but noone usually donates in the summer. In this case, this is the first summer in 13 years where I can take things in my stride and I know we can get the animals treated and rescued," Valner said.
Although Arina's back surgery was very successful, they have a long course of recovery and physiotherapy. Their other owner is still in serious condition at the hospital.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein