All Greg Rosato remembers is a head peaking up from the road while motorists steered their wheels to dive over the puppy.
"People just kept rolling over him," he said.
Rosato, an Acampo resident, rescued the injured puppy from Wilson Way in Stockton on Tuesday morning while driving to work.
"I got a heart, I guess," Rosato said.
The approximately 8-month-old puppy, named Wilson, was struck by a car and suffered a severely broken leg. Rosato says he witnessed multiple drivers driving around the dog, some maneuvering to straddle it between their tires. He pulled onto the shoulder, picked up Wilson and took him to the Cherokee Lane Veterinary Hospital in Lodi.
Initially, Dr. Karyn McCulloch, a veterinarian at the local clinic, believed Wilson would need to have his leg amputated. But after speaking to surgeons at UC Davis, McCulloch placed a cast on the broken leg in hopes it will mend.
Cherokee Lane Veterinary Hospital is also providing care for Wilson free of charge.
"We're doing it because it's a good samaritan situation," McCulloch said.
Rosato plans to adopt Wilson once he is ready to go home.
"He's going to be my new buddy," he said.
Wilson will not be the first animal Rosato has rescued from a busy road and given a home to, though.
Two years ago Rosato rescued a calf from Highway 99 after it was nearly struck by a bus. He and a friend loaded the young cow into his vehicle, transported it to his Acampo home and named it "Freeway."