Heartbreaking Photo of Man & His Caged Dog Goes Viral & What Happens Next Is Amazing (VIDEO)

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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

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nicol... nicolemead91

this so wonderful! shows that theyre really good ppl left in this world! im really glad Dave got his dog back!

Julie Hull-Wilkins

no I'm not weeping yet. HELLO, if he can not afford to pay his tickets he got for breaking the law, nor to get his poor dog out of the pound then he sure can't afford him now. WTH, put him up for adoption to someone who can handle the responsibility of pet owner ship geesh


handy... handy0318

It's obvious that Buzz is healthy and well loved and that he loves his Dave.... just because Dave is financially hard up is no reason that he shouldn't be able to keep his dog.  I'm glad the dog wasn't put down, this is a happy story!

the4m... the4mutts

Ahww sweet story!

nonmember avatar OpalStone

@Julie, so you are telling me that a pit bull mix in the pound would get adopted no problem, right? Are you aware of how many pit bulls and mixes are euthanized every year because NO ONE wants them?

Mommi... MommietoJB

Their are millions of people going through a financial hardship in this economic crisis and this could easily happen to anyone. Im sure he takes good care of his dog and his dog doesnt deserve to die because his owner doesnt have an extra $400 lying around to pay the pound.

early... earlybird11

Julie missed the point. But that's okay.

djb djb

God bless.

Jennifer Gatti Whorton

There are some good people left in the world. There are also some heartless, bitter wenches (cough...Julie...cough cough).

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