Good Samaritan seeks permanent home for pit bull mix
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Tommy was in doggone shape when he was found in a South Florida backyard, but now he's been given a new leash on life.
Workers with the Fort Lauderdale Animal Care and Adoption Center said the 7-year-old pit bull mix was starving and infested with fleas when they rescued him. "He was totally emaciated," said Lisa Weinstock, the Good Samaritan who stepped in when things started looking hairy for the hungry canine.
The Center was overcrowded, so the staff turned to social media to find an animal lover willing to open up their home. That's when Lisa came in. "Well, I'm not a big Facebook person, but I got a picture of Tommy," she said. "He was so skinny. I heard the stories about him, how he had been tied up with a chain, filthy with parasites."
Lisa picked up the phone and called the Adoption Center. "They said Tommy had not been adopted," she said. "I really thought he would because it was such a sad case."
They told her the shelter was full, and they did not have space for Tommy. They were giving him one more day to be adopted but could not keep him after that. "So I decided, why not?" Lisa came up with a way to continue Tommy's recovery. "I am not planning on keeping him," she said. "I just want to rehabilitate him, get him in a home."
Even though it is only temporary, Lisa hopes it is the first step to finding Tommy a loving family. "I have been amazed," she said. "He's been so friendly and so sweet and just wonderful. I think he's going to be a lot easier to get ready to adopt."
Lisa bought Tommy an ID tag after leaving the shelter. If you would like to give Tommy a forever home, call Lisa Weinstock at 954-554-3105.
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