When Dave Thomas was jailed for a few days for unpaid traffic tickets, he probably didn't expect his dog would end up jailed too -- at the San Bernardino, California pound. Thomas said that cops rounded up his faithful pooch, Buzz Lightyear, and brought him to a local animal shelter. And unless Dave could come up with the $400 needed to release him, Buzz would likely end up in a euthanasia tank. But an angel was looking over Dave and Buzz on the day Dave said goodbye to his beloved pit mix at the pound -- and that angel was a complete stranger named Maria Sanchez. If you don't have any tissues handy, might want to grab some. This is a five-hanky post.
Maria, a photographer who oftens takes photos dogs at the shelter to try and find them homes, saw Dave and Buzz's heartbreaking scene -- Dave weeping as he held the dog's paw and kissed him through the bars. She took some pics and then posted them on her Facebook page, pleading for people to donate to help Dave get his pooch back.
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Within days, strangers pledged enough cash to spring the doomed Buzz. But now Maria had another problem -- she needed to find Dave, since she hadn't exchanged any contact information with him.
She spent time handing out flyers in the neighborhood -- to no avail. But then a local TV station managed to track down Dave. When Maria told him the news, Dave broke down again -- this time with tears of gratitude. "God bless you, darlin'," Dave told Maria over the phone. Pledges are now up to $2,000. Hopefully some of that will go to other shelter dogs.
The pair were reunited, thanks to Maria, who couldn't stand by and let a man and his best friend be separated forever. Are you weeping yet?
Editor's Note: Unfortunately, heartwarming stories like this one often aren't as simple as they appear. Dave turns out to be not so grateful for Maria's incredible act of help. I hope she doesn't let this stop her from helping others. If Buzz could talk, no doubt he would say "thank you."
Image via Maria Sanchez/Facebook