When Malissa Sargent Lewis took the back route to work one day through a rural Kentucky neighborhood, she didn’t expect to see a black trash bag moving around on the side of the road.
She also didn’t expect to find a perfectly healthy, 8-week-old puppy inside of it.
In an moment of exquisite luck, Lewis opened the trash bag to find not a rabid possum or other wild animal inside, but an adorable black and white puppy.
Lewis posted a video of the moving bag to Facebook, along with a message: “If this is your puppy, let me know. If you are the scoundrel who put it in a garbage bag and tossed it on the side of the road… you’re a sicko.”
The Kentucky Animal Control and the Sheriff’s Department are further investigating the incident, but Lewis and her sons have decided to keep the (extraordinarily lucky) pup. They’ve decided to name him Hefty.
Miraculously, when Lewis took the baby to the vet, he was perfectly healthy!
“He is playful,” Lewis told LittleThings in an interview. “He romps around playing with his new toys. He’s good-natured. Even the day that I brought him into the school where I work the day I found him, he was precious. The guidance counselor, Mrs. Kelly, is a big animal lover, she took the pup to visit second grade and the kids loved him.”
It’s not every day that a story like this has a happy ending, so we can all be grateful for people like Lewis who take the time to stop and do the right thing instead of just driving by.
And now she’s got a puppy to show for it, which seems like a pretty good deal.
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Sweet Momma Dog Adopts Abandoned Puppy
Daya the dog was pregnant with nine puppies and living in an overcrowded shelter when Halfway There Rescue put her into a foster home.
When her foster family brought her in for a checkup, they received the devastating news that none of her puppies were alive.
“X-rays showed no evidence of living babies,” Jennifer Werner, a volunteer for the rescue, told The Dodo. “Her nine puppies were in the process of being absorbed by her body. This had caused a severe infection in her uterus that required emergency surgery within an hour of her arrival at the vet hospital.”
Daya was pregnant but had no viable puppies. After surgery for her miscarriage she was confused to not have puppies and started mothering her toys. Raisin was an orphaned puppy w/ a ruptured eye that had to be removed.
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Although Daya survived the surgery and was OK physically, her mental state suffered as she coped with the loss of her puppies.
Daya’s maternal instinct caused her to treat toys or socks as if they were her puppies, laying with them, licking them and bringing them everywhere with her.
Shortly after Daya’s surgery, the rescue received a call about a female puppy abandoned on the side of the road who was in need of a home and a mother. The puppy, Raisin, met with Daya, and the two hit it off immediately.
It was clear to everyone that Daya needed Raisin and vice versa.
Here they are spooning at the shelter! Look at how cute they are:
“They were snuggled up together and it was obvious a relationship was forming,” Werner said. “Even though the two were not related, they served a need for each other that would lead to an incredible bond.”
The pair continued to take care of each other, and each of them eventually found their forever homes. In fact, the tiny Raisin ended up staying with her foster mom!
She has her very own Instagram account. Unsurprisingly, Raisin is wildly popular — the account has more than 17,000 followers!
If you’d like to learn more about the other dogs that have been rescued by Halfway There Rescue and are still up for adoption, you can get more information at their website.