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Sep 28, 2013 9:36 PM by Elizabeth Hughes

Family Moves, Leaves Dog Behind

CORPUS CHRISTI - A five month old puppy left behind, after a family is evicted from their apartment building Friday.

Michael Rittgers, the landlord at the Miracle Apartment Complex, says when he entered the building, he found the abadoned dog locked in the bathroom,without food or water.

Rittgers said, " with the amount of feces in there looked like he had been in there at least a week." he said he tried calling animal control, but the dog was never picked up. So he opened the front door and let the dog loose. Rittgers thought the pup left for a while, but noticed the dog came back. She stayed in front of the apartment for days,on the couches the owners left behind, waiting for her original owners to come home...but they never did.

A neighbor saw the puppy waiting, and posted about the dog's story on facebook. That's when Mark Phillips saw the post.Mark drove to the apartment, picked her up, and took her home that night.

Mark said, " At frist, I thought I could adopt her out, but at this point I worry about how she could end up. I know if she stays with me, she will be safe."

Mark took the puppy to their vet to get checked out, microchipped and vaccinated. Mark also gave her a new name."Hope"

Hope is just another addition to his family. Mark has three rescue dogs at home. All dogs, with sad stories like Hope, who were blessed to meet mark.


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