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Dogart_thumb By Ellen | Feb 2013

<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>Thomas is expected to get back his dog Wednesday afternoon after Buzz has been neutered by a veterinarian.</p>
<p>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.</p>
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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.

Homeless man Dave Thomas is reunited with his dog after Facebook supporters raise funds for shelter fees. (Photo: Gabriel Luis Acosta)

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I said "Poor quality pet food CAN cause health issues in all animals.". Its the same with humans. How long would you live if all you ate was McDonalds? Im sure some people would live longer then others. Its all depends on the person. Same with animals, after all, we are an animal too.
How does one explain the oldest dog was fed on MacNChez for some years?
(Second part) Poor quality pet food can cause health issues in all animals. I also do not like how you you implied that people who drive nice cars or go to good school are, in nice terms, a snob. I have a fancy bran new car that I work my butt off to pay along with my animals and anything I care to buy. Oh you only make around $15.00 an hour? I work at a fast food joint and I make make minimum wage. I can still afford my animals, everything I need to take care of them properly, and my car working at a fast food joint. Do not imply that just because you don`t have a ton of money I am saying you shouldn`t have pets.
@Diane, I did not say you have to get rid of your dog. I was simply stating how I feel. In other words, you are saying its alright to have a dog and not be able to get it the medical help it needs or may need at any time? Things can go from good to bad at any moment. Lots of people have dogs that need to see a vet, or visit a groomer, but they never take them because they can't afford it. Just because they are in a loving home that makes it alright? No it does not. That is inhumane. Its the same with any animal. My family trains horses and I say the same damn thing to people about them. Horses are a lot of time and money. If you can`t afford to have a horse, DON`T have one. A horse can get colic or get hurt at any time. A vet bill is a lot of money when that happens. Not to mention you need them shod etc, that is also a lot of money. Animals are a HUGE investment. I should know, my family trains horses, raises cattle, and we have dogs. A lot of my family has also raised show dogs. And let me tell you, a good breeder does not make a ton of money on the dogs. They spend tons of money on good food, vet trips, etc, I spend $100.00 once every two months for my two little dogs to get groomed. It cost $15.00 - $20.00 every time I take my bigger dog to get her nails trimmed. I also pay for a good quality pet food, and it is much for expensive then the brands you buy at the grocery store and most "Pet stores". People are so uneducated about animals its crazy. Did you know you should never feed your cat only hard cat food? They need wet food as well.
What is the latest news?!
I'm sad to hear the latest news about this story!!
I agree Christopher. I joined the National Humane Society and was reading just yesterday they are having trouble with the American Kennel Association over the inhumane puppy mills. I guess because they would lose money. I really wonder when people buy these dogs for show do they know were they come from or how they are treated. I have been looking at different articles and the AKA has also been involved in hindering other laws being passed of inhumane things being done to dogs. Not just the ones with puppy mills. Who would have thought that from that association. I was stunned. It is a shame what greed will make people do. I beg people to get involved with the Cause. To help stop some of these terrible things.
has anyone here read the latest update on this situation? This guy is a scam! Feel sorry for his dog; not him.
Diane, we dropped $400 in the last two weeks on a dog we adopted from TN in Jan because he came with whipworm. You say not to say it, but I am going to say it. If you can't afford responsible care for your animals, then you shouldn't have them. I spoke with my vet today and she lamented to me how so many of their clients buy COATS for their animals, but won't pony up the money for simple parasite preventative or other meds that will prevent most treatment costs in the long run. If you think vets have us over lock stock and barrel, then you clearly should not own an animal, because all of the vets services are often preventative. IE: Pay $80 for 6 months for parasite preventive or pay $350 every 3-6 months for parasite medication. Do you seriously THINK the vets set the fees for medication? If anything, it is the usual pharma companies overcharging. The fact that you blame the vets, shows how ignorant you are as a pet owner.
I support neutering. What I don't support is tail docking. It should be made illegal in the US like many countries. The ONLY medically indicated reason for a dogs tail to be docked is if they develop kink tail. If the AKC still supports docking like the website says they do along with debarking and ear cropping, they need to get out of the stone age. It's like docking the tongue of people! It's a primary communication device for these guys. Docking is just cruel!
Agree Jackie, my dog goes to the vet more frequently than me to my own doctor. Last time I checked I went 4 years ago. Guess my MD will be getting rid of me soon. And don't tell me if you can't afford the vet you can't afford the dog. BTW my vets kids are doing great at their IVY League schools. They come home on the weekends, I know because I see their Landrovers parked in the driveways. lol
@Ellen my Saturday visit to the vet 15 minutes was $110. I make $124 in 8 hours guess I'll be getting rid of my dog. Ellen explain to me why I cannot buy Dermazole shampoo, made in Quebec, over the counter at my local pet store. It's an allergy shampoo contains 2% Miconazole Antifungal Shampoo For Dogs And Cats and can only be bought at the vets. Do they think I'm going to drink it or overdose my dog with it. It's a bloody shampoo for allergies that costs $21 for a small bottle. Vets have us hostage lock, stock and barrel....
Interesting comments about spaying or neutering, I have had 2 dogs at the same time, one neutered, one not. The unaltered dog live to be 15 1/5 and never became aggressive or suffered from medical issues other than arthritis in his final years. My other dog, the neutered one, is aggressive to anyone outside the household, is 13 and does not suffer from any known medical issues. Neither created any "unwanted" pets, in fact neither had the opportunity to ever do so. Mind you the unaltered one was a pure bred Sheltie.
If vasectomy is so great then why is it not done commonly anywhere? I don't know about your study but you seem to have no answer for the millions of pets that are killed each year due to NOT being sterilized. You are envisioning a utopia this is not going to happen in the pet world. There is no way to determine the so called "down side" effects of neutering based on the mixed breeds that usually end up in shelters..although 25% generally are pure breds of some sort. To say that an animal got cancer because it was neutered is way too random. You'd have to have years long studies of control groups of all breeds to prove that and I sure can find anywhere that it's been done. Pet overpopulation is a huge problem and neutering of females AND males is mandatory!! Again, if vasectomy is so much simpler and so much better, why don't vets actually DO IT?? I've held pups and kittens for euthansia and it's not fun.
Wonderful ending to this story! I just feel so bad for all the other doggies that have to watch from their cages! :-( We will always adopt from shelters!
absolutely, kim jones! thank you
I am very happy he received his dog back. There are wonderful people in this world. It always brings me back to reality that there are good people still in this world. I do wish they could adjust adoption cost according to someone's income. It is a shame when people can't afford the cost and would give the dog a good home. Instead of them euthanizing the dogs. Therefore losing the money and killing the animal:( Breaks my heart. Just like seeing how excited the other dogs were when that man picked up his. Please adopt. These puppy mills are so inhumane. If you look them up it is so incredibly sad and awful. God Bless and everyone have a good day:)
not being able to afford adoption fee, which is a big lump sum at once, is not the same as being able to feed, and buy snacks, give love and happiness..it is easier to buy a house on payments than it is to purchase it full price all in one day! i just think it's ridiculous that shelters would put out all that cost, and then euthanize the animal..rather than give it away to a good home...stupid
Anita , I don't take my dogs to the vets every year and I am far from being an irresponsible owner. Itake them when they need to go ...Funnily enough I never felt the need to takemy children for a yearly check up to the doctors either lol
I agree with Ellen, if you cannot afford the adoption fee, you cannot afford a dog. Even the cost of a healthy dogs yearly vet fees are expensive - and if you are not taking your dog to the vet yearly you are an irresponsible pet owner. Health issues left unchecked will cripple your pet and shorten his/her life span. Our 10 year old Anatolian has many, many health issues. Keeping him healthy and comfortable costs us around $1,500 per year easy, sometimes more. Plus we have a very healthy second dog that rings in around $500 per year. Then you have yearly dog tags on top of that. If you're yipping about the cost of adopting - you'll never be able to afford any of the costs that come with owning a dog. Sorry but that's the cold hard truth. Too many people I know have turned their dogs back to the shelter because they've become a "financial burden" they didn't expect. It's SICK!
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