UPDATE: Dave Thomas, the San Bernardino man arrested last week, was detained on suspicion of drug possession with intent to sell and not for a missed court appearance for speeding tickets, which is what he told the San Bernardino County Sun. Thomas’ wife was also arrested, and thus his dog, Buzz Lightyear, was impounded. Maria Sanchez, the woman who raised money for Buzz Lightyear to return home, recently posted that she will be returning all remaining donations on account of Dave Thomas’ ungrateful behavior. According to Sanchez, Thomas publicly accused her of withholding Buzz’s donation money, while she insists that all proceeds would have gone to Dave and Buzz just not in the form of cash. When Sanchez tried to contact Thomas, his wife allegedly screamed at her. This was the last straw for Sanchez, who has now posted why and how she will be returning the remaining proceeds. — Global Animal
(TOUCHING TALE) Dave Thomas, a San Bernardino man, was jailed for missing a court appearance, which led to his dog being impounded. The two-year-old pit bull mix, Buzz Lightyear, was taken to the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter, where it would cost Thomas $400 to get his canine companion back. Thomas, unfortunately, did not have the money and sat with his beloved bowwow while pouring water into his bowl. Luckily, this was all caught on camera by animal lover Maria Sanchez. Read on to learn how this captured moment brought Buzz back. — Global Animal
The next time you catch yourself crying on a street corner, just hope that Maria Sanchez is taking clandestine photos of you.
Last week, Dave Thomas, a San Bernardino man, was briefly jailed for failure to appear in court for traffic violations, leading to the impoundment of his dog on Feb. 13.
Upon release, Buzz Lightyear, a 2-year-old pit bull mix, was waiting for him at the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter. But Thomas couldn’t pay the $400 to get his pet back, KABC reported.
Just as Thomas found out he couldn’t get his dog back, Maria Sanchez, a photographer at the shelter who happened to be watching, captured the scene on camera.
“He was pouring water into his dog’s water bowl, his dog sat there and licked up the water for about a minute, he sat down next to him and started weeping,” Sanchez told KABC.
She posted the photo to Facebook, where strangers pledged to help the man.
Since Thomas hadn’t left a phone number or a name at the facility, Sanchez needed to identify him before she could reach out.
She made phone calls and posted calls for help online. She drove around town posting flyers. She received a traffic ticket and had her car sideswiped.
All the while, donations poured in. On Monday night, KABC identified Thomas and put him in touch with Sanchez, who told him the cost of getting Buzz back was covered.
“God bless you darling,” he said over the phone.