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Paraplegic dog's life is saved as he is brought to Iowa

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A one-year-old paraplegic dog's life is saved.

They call him King, and he was flown from Texas all the way to Eastern Iowa for a new start.

King landed safely in Iowa City this afternoon, a moment many worked together to see happen, as he was scheduled to be put to sleep.

"Had a home in Texas and got hit by a car, and he lost use of his back half," said Jon Biegen, with Last Hope Animal Rescue.

Last Hope saw an online plea to help save King.

Pilots from Pilots N Paws transported King to Iowa.

Pilots who work with Pilots N Paws use their own personal airplanes and gas to help save dogs.

"I said because it's kind of costly to operate the airplane I'd do one a month and I usually do four or five, I have a hard time saying no," said Jim Bordoni, who flew King into Iowa City.

Even though Bordoni has helped save over 400 dogs, he refuses to call himself a hero.

 "No, the heroes are the fosters, the shelters, and the rescues, those are the people. They do all the work, I said I'm just a taxi cab I got the easy part," Bordoni told us.

Bordoni is referring to groups like Last Hope, who save around 50 dogs a month from being euthanized.

"After you know you see it on paper, and you see those, you see a picture, you know you have the ability to help. But, when it actually becomes real and you've got him in your arms it feels real and you know that's where it's most rewarding," said Biegen.

Thanks to the effort of many, one-year-old King should have many years ahead of him.

We are told Critter Crusaders in Cedar Rapids plans to help with his medical bills, there are also plans to get King a wheelchair.

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