By Ellen | Feb 2013
It's a story that has generated hundreds of dollars in donations, a job offer and even a marriage proposal. Dave Thomas, 36, of San Bernardino, was separated from his dog, Buzz, on Wednesday when he was arrested in the city. The male pitbull mix, whose full name is Buzz Lightyear, was placed in the animal shelter in San Bernardino, and Thomas, who had only $6 in his pocket, couldn't afford the estimated $400 to free his dog. So when a frequent shelter visitor saw him crying next to his dog's cage, the woman decided to do something about it.
Maria Sanchez, a Riverside resident, says she visits the shelter daily on her lunch break to take pictures and bring awareness about dogs needing to be adopted. She posted pictures of Thomas with his dog on Facebook, asking for people to help. "It went viral," Sanchez said. "It's just crazy." This morning, Sanchez said donations had grown to more than $2,000.
Thomas is expected to get back his dog Wednesday afternoon after Buzz has been neutered by a veterinarian.
Police followed protocol in having animal control officers take the dog to the shelter because Thomas, and a woman he was with, were both arrested and no one was available to take the animal.