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Rescue dog visits second graders who helped save his life

Within a day of hearing about a dog that needed $400 for surgery, a second grade class at Shawnee Heights Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, went above and beyond that goal, raising $450.

Last month, an Australian Shepherd named Ryker was found abandoned with a broken leg, and brought to the Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka. The organization posted a video of Ryker on its Facebook page, and requested donations for a surgery to amputate his leg. After the students saw the video they went home, where they raided their piggy banks and asked for money from family and friends, and returned to school the next day with $450.

Last Friday, Ryker stopped by the school to surprise the students, bringing with him individualized thank you notes for every child. They squealed when he entered the classroom, with one student telling KSNT, "I felt like I was going to cry because I was so happy." Catherine Garcia