Pitbull abandoned in a park to become a service dog
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KOAA) – An abandoned dog in Colorado now has a new purpose in life: to help those who have served the country. It’s because of a veteran who refused to ignore it.
Bruno the pit bull hasn’t had it easy.
Late that night, Air Force veteran Carl Anderson saw a car drop Bruno off in the park across from his house.
“I couldn’t believe someone would come to a park and push their dog out of a car and leave it,” he said.
When morning came, Bruno was still in the same place, so Anderson went to see him.
“He was quite confused and scared at the time,” he said.
After calling authorities and giving them a description of the car, officers were able to track down the owners and charge them with animal cruelty, a criminal offense.
The criminal case meant that Bruno was sent to the Humane Society shelter in the Pikes Peak area.
“They’re doing great things,” Anderson said. “They’re doing their best, but there’s so much out there that they can’t save all the dogs. And he didn’t really do well in the kennels there.
With a little help, Bruno was transferred to a local rescue center. Now he’s back alongside Anderson.
“My family is already falling in love with him, so it won’t be easy to pass that on,” Anderson said.
Anderson and his family take Bruno in as he prepares to join the nonprofit organization Victory Service Dogs, which trains dogs to be service animals and matches them with a veteran in need.
“Of the life he reluctantly left to help make someone else’s life better,” Anderson said.
It will be a new life for Bruno, as he lies on the porch instead of being left in the park.
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