An abused 10-week-old puppy is recovering from his injuries after his owner tried to sell him in exchange for crack cocaine. A local resident, Kaitlin Cappelluti, from Charlotte, North Carolina tells the disturbing story; explaining she had been at the Quick Trip on Albermarle Road Wednesday evening when she inadvertently walked into the middle of an ongoing drug deal.
“I went to the gas station on Albemarle Road and saw a group of men crowding this pup. I went to ask what was going on and they were trying to trade him for crack…or some kind of rock looking drug. I ended up talking the guy into letting me buy him for $50. I have checked for a chip and nothing. I will file a report with A.C.,” Kaitlin posted on her Facebook page.
According to Fox News Charlotte, the owner of the puppy asked Kaitlin if she had any “rock” on her – assumed to have meant “crack,” but as she turned away to walk into the store, she couldn’t help but notice the small puppy sprawled out on the floor panting very hard. When the owner told her she could have the puppy for $50, Kaitlin paid and immediately started to make phone calls hoping to find some help.
Fortunately South Charlotte Rescue stepped up. The puppy, now dubbed Bart, hasn’t had an easy first few months of his life. Someone had docked his tail in what appears to have been a home cut job – his tail stump is infected. He was dehydrated and has burns and marks all over this little body.
The animal cruelty case is being investigated by the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department. Bart is expected to make a full recovery and will be available for adoption in a few weeks. Despite the suffering this puppy endured, the rescue states he is friendly and already loves to play.
To donate to Bart’s care or to inquire about adopting him or one of the other adorable pets at the rescue, please click here.
Many thanks to Kaitlin for helping this puppy and being his voice.
(Photos of abused puppy to be traded for crack cocaine via Facebook from South Charlotte Rescue)
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