Dave Bautista, an actor and former wrestler, may appear gruff and scary, but he has a soft heart for animals in need. Sage, a 3-month-old pit bull, was found with a chain around her neck, according to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Bautista gathered money right away to serve as a reward for information on her abuser.
During the hunt for the criminal, Bautista fell in love with the small dog. He quickly adopted her, and she is now known as Penny Bautista. She’ll never have to deal with neglect or abuse again!
A Puppy Begs for Help
Penny appeared at the humane society with a chain dangling from her neck and dragging on the ground beside her. The unfortunate dog had to have surgery to have the chain removed, and she now has a bald place where the chain was.
A stranger initially noticed Penny eating garbage on the side of the road. Much to their amazement, the puppy ran up to them without hesitation and greeted them Penny was full of love even before her invasive operation.
“She is very sweet and friendly. Even though she is in immense pain, Sage was wagging her tail on the exam table while our veterinarian and vet techs were examining her,” the Humane Society of Tampa Bay wrote on Facebook. “In addition to the chain, we noticed that Sage has skin issues and overgrown nails. We can’t imagine who would do this to her.”
When Bautista found out about Penny, he posted her story on social media and offered a $5,000 prize for information. He couldn’t believe somebody would do such a thing to an innocent puppy, and he was anxious to punish the perpetrator. The Humane Society is also donating $1,500, and actor Mickey Rourke has contributed $1,000 to the reward fund.
It’s Love at First Sight
It only took a few days for Bautista to understand he and Penny had something special going on. So he adopted her, and her joyful expression tells it all. He vows that from now on, she will live a life of love and pampering.
“To me, there’s nothing more innocent and pure than a puppy,” Bautista said. “For someone who can abuse a puppy has got to be the lowest form of human being, pure evil, for someone who can abuse an animal like that. It makes me sick to my stomach.”
Penny is not the only dog that Bautista has saved. He also acquired two more Pit Bulls, Maggie and Ollie, in 2019. Penny, on the other hand, will be overjoyed to have two siblings to play with.
Unfortunately, no information regarding the individual who neglected Penny is available at this time. But, as long as she has a loving family, she doesn’t seem to mind. This adorable puppy will undoubtedly have the finest life imaginable from now on. After all, she’s earned it!