Maggot-Ridden Dog Found on Roadside Adopted By Vet Who Saved His Life

Travolta the dog has found his forever home in the safety of the veterinarian who saved his life, after he arrived at a Kentucky shelter in a near-death state.

Dr. Emily Bewley marked Travolta as her third "foster fail" on Valentine's Day as she signed the adoption papers for her family's new four-legged friend.

Travolta arrived at the Kentucky Humane Society in January, unable to even stand. He was nursed back to health thanks to Bewley, who the shelter pinpoints as responsible for his incredible recovery.

The dog was found on the side of a road by an Uber driver in January and then brought in to the humane society.

When he arrived he was severely emaciated, weighing just 14 pounds, putting him at the lowest possible body scale for an animal of one out of nine.

Travolta was at a high risk for death by starvation, and also suffered multiple infections with maggots crawling over his body. He was unable to stand and could barely even lift his own head. Bewley estimated that he had been in the state for weeks or potentially months.

Thanks to the love, support and expertise at the shelter, Travolta made a full recovery and found his forever family with Bewley herself.

In a "my dog is my Valentine" T-shirt, Bewley signed the papers on Valentine's Day as viewers watched the happy ending.

"He's my Valentine today," she said during a live broadcast online, dubbing it "a fun day of love."

Travolta will go home to two adopted dog siblings, two cats, a bunny and three human brothers. "He just fits in really well," she explained.

During his time at the shelter, Travolta made friends with fellow former resident Ethan, who was similarly found by the shelter in a near-death state just one year ago.

Like Travolta, Ethan was nursed back to health and then adopted by a staff member at KHS, and in the last year has been able to throw the first pitch at a Louisville Bats game, partner with a company to release his own dog biscuits and has even been crowned Busch beer's Chief Tasting Officer.

Travolta has received the same honorary treatment too, with Busch Light awarding him the title of Senior Vice Pawsident.

In honor of both Travolta and Ethan, Feeders Pet Supply donated $15,000 to the Kentucky Humane Society in January, marking the one year anniversary of the day Ethan was found.