CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A puppy who was abused and being used as 'money' in a drug deal has been rescued, according to South Charlotte Dog Rescue.
The volunteer dog rescue organization said a local resident Kaitlin reached out to the no-kill shelter on Thursday about a puppy she acquired at a gas station on Albemarle Road.
According to Kaitlin's post on Facebook, "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 turned the 10-12 week old puppy over to South Charlotte Dog Rescue for a mandatory 14-day hold. According to the non-profit's post, the puppy affectionately named 'Bart', had multiple burns on his back in varying degrees of healing. His tail has been docked and developed an infection.
"With such a rough start, we were worried about how Bart would take to other dogs and humans, but he has started playing and showing just how big of a heart he has. It's amazing to see how resilient these sweet creatures are, that they still have this capacity to love despite what humans do to them," South Charlotte Dog Rescue wrote.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating this case. One officer tells FOX 46 Charlotte they've never heard of a dog being sold for drugs in their 10 years working with Animal Care and Control.
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