It was just a quick stop at the gas station for Kaitlin Cappelluti, but she ended up saving a life that day.
Cappelluti had grabbed a bottle of water and was leaving the gas station when she saw a group of three people loitering around the car. As she approached, she realized they were surrounding a puppy clearly in distress.
“I said, what’s wrong, why has he got all these marks?” Cappelluti asked. As she got a better look at the puppy, she knew she wasn’t leaving without him.
She saw burns and scars all over the puppy—and the tip of his tail had been hacked off. She asked what had happened, and was told that they put flea powder on the puppy and it burned his skin, but Cappelluti didn’t buy that. These were clear signs of abuse.
The situation got stranger as one of the men asked Cappelluti if she had any meth, and said he would be willing to trade the puppy to her for drugs.
Fearful of what would happen to the puppy in the hands of these drug addicts, Cappelluti made a choice. She decided to give the man $50 for the puppy, and he agreeably handed the puppy over.
“I’m scared to think of where he would’ve turned up,” she told Fox46.
Cappelluti brought the puppy, now named Bart, to the South Charlotte Dog Rescue.
Rescue workers agreed that Bart had been severely abused. The puppy was only 10 to 12 weeks old but had clearly suffered a lot at the hands of his previous owners, with painful burns and an infected tail that needed treatment.
But Bart is just like any other puppy and loves to be held and cuddled, shelter volunteers said. He is currently being held for the mandatory two weeks and getting along fantastically with the other dogs.
“It’s amazing to see how resilient these sweet creatures are,” they wrote on their Facebook, moved by Bart’s “capacity to love” and big heart.
He is well on his way to recovery and will soon be ready to be adopted.