Samantha Garcia died in a head on collision when she was just 24-years-old, leaving behind a two-year-old daughter. The crash killed two others. The healthcare worker’s dog, Nala, survived, but is now fighting for its life due to the severity of its burns.
To pay for Nala’s vet bills and ongoing care, a rescue centre is attempting to raise money so that the pet can recover and be reunited with Ms Garcia’s only child, Aurora.
Nala has been placed under anaesthetic every day so that vets can clean the pitbull mix’s wounds and treat the infections.
The two-year-old dog is currently in a critical state and to survive, requires back surgery and may even need to have an ear removed – something that would cost around £30,000.
Lisa Rose, a representative of Second Chance Rescue, an animal charity promoting the fundraiser, said: “The two-year-old keeps asking for her mummy and she keeps asking for Nala.
The Equinox’s 26-year-old driver was reportedly flown to hospital with serious injuries.
Family and friends of Ms Garcia, who was from Rockaway, New Jersey, launched an online fundraiser to raise money for Nala’s treatment.
Writing online, one said: “She has needed multiple surgeries and was badly burned from the flames.
“Nala is the only part of Samantha that her family and young daughter have left.
“Her vet bill has been accumulating to thousands of dollars between transfers to multiple vet facilities for care.
“Family and friends would appreciate any donations or help in finding…