Abandoned dog in Colorado Springs soon to become a service dog

COLORADO SPRINGS — Lying on the sidewalk of a park in Colorado Springs, a pit bull less than a year old spent the night waiting for his owners, who would never return.

“I couldn’t believe someone would come to a park and push their dog out of a car and leave it,” said Carl Anderson, an Air Force veteran who lives across the street from the park.

Around 10:00 p.m. on May 16, Anderson says he saw a car drop Bruno off at the park and never return. He says he went to see Bruno that night, but the dog was too nervous to come see him.

Anderson says the next morning Bruno was still lying in the same spot, but Anderson was able to get 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 anything…Call us, let us know what you saw,” an FTA agent said.

Bruno’s owners have been found and are now facing felony animal cruelty charges.

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

“My family is already falling in love with him, so it won’t be easy to pass that on.”

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

“Of the life he reluctantly left to help improve someone else’s life.”

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

If someone is struggling with their pet for any reason, resources are available to prevent pets from being abandoned.

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