Puppy's new 'leash' on life

June 6, 2009 4:35:52 PM PDT
A story of a little dog and a man who saved him from an unthinkable beating. His new name is Brody. A new name to go with his new lease on life as on Monday he apparently came close to a painful death.

Brody's life was saved by a man named Derek Blackmon of Maple Shade.

According to Derek, a group of boys were behind a store at State and River Roads in Camden. Derek saw the puppy on the ground under a net as the boys were holding baseball bats and a can of lighter fluid.

Derek decided he had to make a move.

"So I got out of my car and asked 'What are you going to do with the puppy?' They said they were going to do whatever they wanted, it was their dog. So I went and grabbed the puppy from under the net. As I did that, a lady came out of the store and said she was glad that I grabbed the dog. I said 'why?' and she said, 'They said they were going to kill it and light it on fire,'" Derek said.

Derek brought the puppy home, but his lease says no dogs allowed. So Jeannine Blackmon contacted the Animal Sanctuary Society of Mt. Laurel.

This is where Camille West enters the picture.

The Wests are a foster family for the society. Cammille thinks whoever had Brody considered him a throwaway, maybe even a bait dog.

"Where small dogs are captured and used as bait for larger fighting dogs, it's one scenario. Sometimes they are just caught and tortured, which is proably even more common, cats and dogs," Cammille said.

Brody has been spared. Brody has his shots, is neutered, and his injured right eye is expected to heal.

If you are interested in adopting Brody, click here for the Sanctuary's website.

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