Special Fan Has a Dog That Needs $8k Surgery, Ryan Seacrest Steps up to the Plate

Posted by Krissy Howard

When a fan called into Ryan Seacrest's radio show with some bad news about her dog Romeo, the host offered to cover the bill, right on the spot. 

Ryan Seacrest wears a lot of hats, and now the television/radio host, and noted producer, can add yet another title to his repertoire: animal rescuer. When a fan called into the Tell Me Something Good segment of Ryan Seacrest's radio program On Air, Seacrest and his listeners heard a young woman tell the sad story of her dog Romeo, who had ruptured two ligaments in his hind legs. Because they had since developed into arthritis, the caller, known only as Mercedes, was left with two options: amputation, or shelling out $8,000 for corrective surgery.

The heartbroken host spared Mercedes of the difficult decision she was forced to make, and shocked everyone when he offered to pay for Romeo's surgery, right then and there, no strings attached.

Romeo was clearly happy to hear the good news!

Romeo is going to have his surgery!!!! Thank you to everyone who donated and shared. Ryan Seacrest has generously (I mean very generously) offered to pay the remaining balance for Romeo's surgeries. Many of you have followed Romeo and my journey since he was only a few weeks old. We have all watched him grow and many have just fell in love with him, some who have yet to meet Romeo. I am so thrilled that so many people care for him. I was shocked to see how successful this campaign was and how quickly it spread. I could not have done this without any of you! His recovery is going to be very long according to his vet. It may take up to 7 or 8 months to heal completely. After he has recovered his vet said he can continue to do what he loves which is going to the dog beach and other public places to get attention. I will keep you all updated when I find out more information. I would like to give a special thanks to: @RyanSeacrest @beckyjaa @twicedafun @connieluvspitbulls @gabbycrisps And everyone who helped spread the word. Thank you!!! P.s if you donated and I did not say your name please let me know! I'm sorry 🙁 #RyanSeacrest #sothankful #surgery #Romeoneedsyourhelp #Iloveyouall #Icantstopsayingthankyou

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According to On Air's website, Romeo was a blessing for Mercedes, who grew up in foster care. She credits her canine companion, whom she adopted from a local rescue organization, for keeping her on the right path.

"I really kind of isolated myself from the world at one point, and he kind of helped me get out of that," she said.

"One day I was watching a TV show and I saw an animal cruelty [commercial] ... I was feeling down that week and I looked online and I saw these dogs needed to be rescued. When we got [Romeo], he was very emaciated and he was three weeks old. So we took him in and we bottle fed him."

Romeo's first surgery was back in March, and his second, and final one, is scheduled to take place in May. After recovering from round one, Mercedes and Romeo went to meet Ryan to say thanks in person, which had everyone grinning from ear to ear.

Thrilled to be part of Romeo's journey to recovery. Mercedes is such an inspiration ❤️ #radio #dog

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To follow Romeo on his journey, visit him on Instagram at @mr.romeo_mylovebug, and if you don't already, you can keep up with the man who made Romeo's recovery possible at @ryanseacrest.

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