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Dumped to future service dog: The story of Bruno

Bruno, a pit bull who was dumped in a park, was rescued by a veteran living nearby.
Posted at 8:46 PM, Jun 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-20 18:27:50-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Laying on the sidewalk of a park in Colorado Springs, a pit bull not even one-year-old spent the night waiting for his owners, who would never return.

"I couldn't believe someone would just come up to a park and push their dog out of a car and leave him," said Carl Anderson, an Air Force veteran who lives across from the park.

Around 10:00 pm on May 16, Anderson says he watched a car drop Bruno off in the park and never come back. He says he checked on Bruno that night, but the dog was too nervous to come to him.

Anderson says the next morning Bruno was still laying in the same place, but Anderson was able to bring him inside to give him food and water, eventually calling Animal Law Enforcement (ALE).

"We rely on the community to be our eyes and ears, so if you see something... Call us, let us know what you saw," said one ALE Officer.

Bruno's owners were found and are now facing criminal misdemeanors for Cruelty to Animals.

Bruno was placed in the shelter at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, but a rescue eventually agreed to take Bruno in and allow Anderson to become his foster home.

"My family's already falling in love with him so it won't be easy passing him on."

Anderson volunteers with Victory Service Dogs, a local nonprofit training dogs to serve first responders and veterans in Colorado Springs.

"From whatever life he left behind unwillingly to helping make someone else's life better."

ALE says if you see an animal being dumped, pay attention to a person's description, the make of a car, and license plates number to call them with information.

If anyone is struggling with their pet for any reason, resources are available to prevent animals from being dumped.

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