For the past few days, the Southern California rescue community, along with compassionate people from around the country, has watched a potential tearjerker unfold. A man was arrested on outstanding traffic warrants and possible other charges. His dog was taken to the San Bernardino City Shelter in California’s ‘Inland Empire’ as a ‘stray.’
The police knew the dog had an owner but chose not to tell shelter staff. The dog was a pit bull mix (more shepherd than pit) and as a stray stood zero chance of getting out alive. With an owner, a hold would be required; without, the dog could be killed in 72 hours.
A local photographer and animal advocate, Maria Sanchez, noticed a man, weeping at the dog’s cage. He asked about getting his dog back but all he had was $6. The cost for the impound was about $400.
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