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Puppy rescued after man offers dog for drugs

Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 13:01:55-04

(WCNC, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) An abused 10-week-old puppy is recovering after his owner tried to give him away in exchange for drugs at a Charlotte, North Carolina gas station.

Kaitlyn Cappelluti said she was at the Quick Trip Wednesday night when she walked into the middle of a drug deal.

"He turned to me and he said, 'did you have any rock on you? she said. "I do not. I assume that was crack."

Before turning away, a puppy caught her eye.

"I just kept telling myself to walk inside, mind my business," Cappelluti said. "At the time he was spread out on the floor panting really hard."

When the owner asked for drugs in exchange for the puppy Capelluti handed him $50 in hopes of saving the dog.  "I started making phone calls to everybody I knew that could possibly help out with him and thankfully South Charlotte Rescue stepped up. "

"I cried when I saw him," said Barbara Roonie of South Charlotte Dog Rescue.

"He was dehydrated, marks all over his body," said Roonie. "Someone cut off his tail and that's infected."

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has opened up an investigation.

South Charlotte Dog Rescue is now taking applications for adoption. The puppy, named Bart, will be up for adoption after 2 weeks.

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