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The Way This Man Was Reunited With His Impounded Dog Because of a Touching Photo Will Tug at Your Heart

Posted by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM
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The Way This Man Was Reunited With His Impounded Dog Because of a Touching Photo Will Tug at Your Heart

A California man with only $6 in his pocket lost his dog last week when he was arrested for marijuana (he later showed he had a prescription). Heartbroken, he visited the animal shelter everyday where the dog was impounded — and one woman who spotted him crying at the cage changed everything for him.

Viral Facebook Photo Helps San Bernardino Man Dave Thomas Get His Dog Back From Shelter

Dave Thomas with his dog Buzz. (Photo: Maria Sanchez/Facebook)

Dave Thomas from San Bernardino told the San Bernardino Sun “it made [him] crazy” that he couldn’t afford the $400 it would cost to release the pit bull mix named Buzz Lightyear.

When Maria Sanchez, a woman the Sun reported visits the shelter daily to take photos for awareness efforts, posted a picture of Thomas and Buzz holding hands (er, hand and paw) at the cage, it went viral. Not only did Thomas receive enough money to free Buzz — $2,000 was raised as of Tuesday — but the Sun noted it also resulted in a job offer and a marriage proposal.

Viral Facebook Photo Helps San Bernardino Man Dave Thomas Get His Dog Back From Shelter

Maria Sanchez with Thomas (Photo: Gabriel Luis Acosta/San Bernadino Sun)

“It’s just incredible,” Thomas told the Sun. “I believe it’s for my dog and not me.”

Watch this report from KTLA:

But there was a twist when it came to the donations pouring in — where to find the man who left none of his information with the shelter. The Sun reported that some were incorrectly stating Thomas was homeless, which is not the case.  That’s where the photo took another viral turn. Instead of raising money, it was shared by more than 3,500 people on Facebook to see if anyone could help find Thomas, the Sun reported. It was reporters who were able to locate him.

Watch KABC catch up with Thomas earlier this week:

Thomas was hoping to get Buzz back Tuesday, but the Sun reported that the shelter wouldn’t release the dog until he was neutered. KTLA reported that Buzz would be able to go home Wednesday.

Viral Facebook Photo Helps San Bernardino Man Dave Thomas Get His Dog Back From Shelter

Thomas with still at the shelter. (Photo: Gabriel Luis Acosta/San Bernadino Sun)

The Sun reported that Thomas was arrested last week for possession of marijuana, but also noted he showed papers indicating he was allowed to use the drug for medicinal purposes. Thomas was initially stating he was arrested for failing to appear in court over traffic tickets, but law enforcement said this was not the case.

Police told the Sun removal of the dog was standard procedure as there was no one around to take care of it upon Thomas’ arrest Friday.

The San Bernardino Sun has more heartfelt pictures of Thomas with Buzz and his reaction to the outpouring of support he has received here.

Watch this footage of Thomas after he had found out he would be able to get Buzz back:


by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM
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Aslen
by Bronze Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:37 AM

except it was parking tickets

Ednarooni160
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 7:45 AM
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The Sun reported that Thomas was arrested last week for possession of marijuana, but also noted he showed papers indicating he was allowed to use the drug for medicinal purposes. Thomas was initially stating he was arrested for failing to appear in court over traffic tickets, but law enforcement said this was not the case.



cherylam
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

*tears*  I know how much a dog can mean... when I lost my parents and first husband within 6 weeks of each other, my dogs were all that got me out of bed every day.  I had nothing and no one else.

Connie04
by Silver Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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What a beautiful story!   I am so happy they were reunited, thanks to the sympathy and generousity of so many people.  I love the dog's name :-)!

deltathree
by Bronze Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Awesome story!

2BRBgirlz
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Thanks! I was wondering if they ever found this guy.  Very cool

LuckyMom822
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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Awesome! Faith in humanity restored.

KellyReedy
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM

OK UPDATE ON THIS STORY.  Long story short. There was extra $$ in this so called donation account, which she did not want to give him the cash, cause turns out he's a TWEEKER. (BIG SURPRISE living here in SB county!) She offered to pay any tickets or bills etc. He agreed. Then, called the local news to say she is keeping HIS money!. He completely turned on her!

VERY SAD!  So, she offered to return all left over money to people who donated!

Yes, I've followed this story since day one. And it was very touching!  It's SAD what drugs will do to a person! Now this woman is being torn apart from onlookers saying she's a thief!

PATHETIC!

imamomzilla
by Silver Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:37 AM

What is a tweeker?

Quoting KellyReedy:

OK UPDATE ON THIS STORY.  Long story short. There was extra $$ in this so called donation account, which she did not want to give him the cash, cause turns out he's a TWEEKER. (BIG SURPRISE living here in SB county!) She offered to pay any tickets or bills etc. He agreed. Then, called the local news to say she is keeping HIS money!. He completely turned on her!

VERY SAD!  So, she offered to return all left over money to people who donated!

Yes, I've followed this story since day one. And it was very touching!  It's SAD what drugs will do to a person! Now this woman is being torn apart from onlookers saying she's a thief!

PATHETIC!


KellyReedy
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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Similar to a...... really????????? Like a crack head, but with meth.

Quoting imamomzilla:

What is a tweeker?

Quoting KellyReedy:

OK UPDATE ON THIS STORY.  Long story short. There was extra $$ in this so called donation account, which she did not want to give him the cash, cause turns out he's a TWEEKER. (BIG SURPRISE living here in SB county!) She offered to pay any tickets or bills etc. He agreed. Then, called the local news to say she is keeping HIS money!. He completely turned on her!

VERY SAD!  So, she offered to return all left over money to people who donated!

Yes, I've followed this story since day one. And it was very touching!  It's SAD what drugs will do to a person! Now this woman is being torn apart from onlookers saying she's a thief!

PATHETIC!



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