BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Katy Hudson and Courtney Clerico are no stranger to animal rescues. But, the rescue of a puppy April 29 from the side of Comanche Road near Bakersfield has captured the attention of Internet users worldwide.
The puppy would not leave the body of its mother who was hit and killed by a car. Hudson said she and Clerico were alerted to the situation through a telephone call and quickly jumped into action.
"This poor dog had been out there. By the looks of his mother, he had been out there several days. He hadn't had food. He was on the verge of dehydration and very scared, too. I mean, he had seen what had happened to his mother and was worried that would happen to him. He didn't trust humans, so it took us a long time and a lot of patience to gain his trust."
Clerico is now fostering the dog and has named him Prince. She captured the rescue on her iPhone and uploaded the footage to Godvine.com and YouTube. The video has racked up hundreds of thousands of views, much to Clerico's surprise.
"You know, we are a rescue group, so we like to share it with our friends. We thought it would be fun to let other rescue people see it, and we had no idea that his story would touch so many people."
Despite being frightened and hard to capture, Clerico said Prince has become a loving member of their family with his need for companionship actually inspiring his name.
"He really wanted to be around us, and he was crying any time we left him alone, and we started thinking, 'Wow, he's starting to act like a prince.' But, really what motivated me to name him that was the fact that after what he had been through he deserves to be a prince."
While the women weren't expecting to catch the attention of people all over the world, they can understand why Prince's story would be compelling.
"He exhibits something that we wish most people had. He was loyal to his mother, he wouldn't leave her side and he was dedicated. You know, all of those things that we would like people to be and think that the story just resonates with people."
Hudson and Clerico work with several rescue groups in Kern County, and Prince has now become an official "Mutt" with the rescue group Marley's Mutts. The rescue groups rely on donations to continue operations. If you would like to lend a hand, the women encourage you to donate to The Cat People, Fast Friends and, of course, Marley's Mutts.