Ok so I should probably just give you the whole story.
When I first pulled over I didn’t get a good look at her, and I had my 2 very young cousins in the car with me, so I was going to just give her my can of dog food I always keep in my car for these situations and continue on my way, hoping she would be happy with a meal. As soon as I saw what she looked like, I actually got physically ill and kind of flipped out for a minute because I’ve NEVER seen anything like this before in my life, EVER.
I called Animal Control for that county (I was an hour from home) to pick her up and to tell them that I would come back for her that same day and adopt her from them so that she wouldn’t be put down. I couldn’t put her in my car with my cousins in there too for that exact reason that I didn’t know if she had anything transferrable to humans, so that was my only option. She was laying under the shade of my car so I waited with her. 10 minutes later a cop shows up and tells me that there’s no animal control in that area, so no one was coming to get her. Then he tries to tell me that “dogs get dumped here all the time I’d just leave her be” and when I told him I wasn’t going to leave her, he actually tried to make me leave her there for a little while and I straight refused to leave until I had somewhere for her to go. He got frustrated, but left me with a snack sausage to give her and drove off. At this point she started to walk away (but in her condition she didn’t move very fast), so I found a leash somewhere in my car, tied a knot, and looped it around her neck, which she didn’t appreciate because I don’t think she’s been on a leash in years, if not ever.
I call my mom in literal hysterics, so she comes and drives an hour out to come get the kids in my car, brings a bed sheet from the dollar store, more water for the pup, and we wrap her up in the sheet to put her in the car as a makeshift barrier to keep whatever she had off of us. (turns out she definitely has a type of mange that transfers to humans but neither my mom or I have started itching yet so I think we’re okay). This whole time she was very patient and tolerant of us, wagging her tail, even wanting pets from us even though we couldn’t touch her, which was heartbreaking.
Basically, I didn’t know if she had any serious human-transmittable diseases but looking at the state she was in, I was kind of ready to go to the hospital later over leaving her there to waste away haha
I drove her an hour home to the vet, she slept the whole time in the car, and got her checked out. You know the rest <3