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Dianne Ly
- 826 days ago -
The dog was brought in by the local police as a stray, but he has an owner, and right now, the public's assistance is needed to help identify that man, and to help get him back to the facility to claim his dog

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Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:54 pm
identified by only his given number, A441782,
Please take a moment to cross post this information and help make this reunion possible.

Follow along as this story unfolds at this link to Facebook.

Note: The dog is available for his owner to pick up after 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Danuta Watola (1244)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:47 am

Dana H. (229)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:28 am
ty for this lynn

Liliana D. (124)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:15 am
noted Dianne in hope that it will be a happy ending for this story
I pray for the poor doggie

Gabriela V. (171)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:18 am

desanka s. (404)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:00 pm
Such sad photos. They love each other very much.

The DOG - ID#A441782 is still in the shelter.

"I am a male, tan Pit Bull Terrier. My age is unknown. I have been at the shelter since Feb 13, 2013.

This information is less than 1 hour old."

...I hope this man gets his dog back!

karin c. (8)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:46 pm
Noted and shared....I hope on a swift reunion.....

Pat B. (351)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:16 pm
Aww....I hope that they find each other soon.!!!

Henriette Matthijssen (149)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:42 pm
It comes down to money once again, how sickening that the owner was there & the dog wanted out, but because the man could not pay up we punish both! Truly sad! Thanks Dianne for posting, Sophia for the forward! I also forward!

Elsie Au (264)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:21 pm
Thanks Dianne for posting and Henriette for forwarding. With all the abandoned animals there and this dog has the owner who wants him back. All about money again. I think once in a while, they should use their heart and do the right thing even it was not written in the policy! Shared with friends. I wish for happy ending for both dog and his owner.

Dana H. (229)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:43 pm
i added it on my sharebook

Lisa Gourley (35)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:44 pm

Kathy Chadwell (365)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:30 pm
I followed up on this on facebook. A woman said she had raised the money and was meeting the gentleman there Tuesday to get his dog back. Somebody said 2,000 dollars has been raised. I understood that Tuesday they were getting the dog out. Too much misinformation going around:( I guess we will know for sure tomorrow if it's a woman or a reporter (maybe a woman reporter) that is doing this.

naomi cohen (44)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:42 pm
thank you, dianne. henriette said it all. it is a disgrace. noted, shared.

. (7)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:13 pm
Noted, thanks Dianne

Barb Knight (1712)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:16 pm
Oh I DO pray that whoever came up with the money, both dog and man have a happy reunion!! TY Kathy!! And TY Dianne for posting!!

Michael Carney (216)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:29 pm
Noted, thanks for forwarding Elsie...I will do the same, and I'm so hoping and praying that this will turn out with a happy ending...

Michelle S. (460)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:36 pm
I saw this on FB tonight when I was checking in about Dutch at the Save Dutch II FB page. I'm really glad Examiner stepped up to the plate. The woman from San Bernardino who is trying to reunite the two is an absolute Saint. God, we SO need happy endings for these dogs. San Bernardino is a living hell for dogs.....too many pits, too many strays....not enough owners taking responsibility. I'll do what I can can, including share this.

Suzanne L. (132)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:45 pm
Just a little bit of money. Hopefully this dog will be reunited with his human companion.

Michelle S. (460)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:46 pm
My apologies for this extra long post to follow. I thought you would all appreciate the low-down on this dog from Maria Sanchez, the angel for dogs in San Bernardino, California who has been posting a blow-by-blow of her efforts to reunite this poor dog with his owner at her FB page. Again, apologies for how long this is.....I found this at the "Save Dutch II FB page. It sounds like the dog's owner has contacted Maria, who has taken full responsibility for reuniting them and covering all the costs for the dog until a happy ending is made reality, which sounds like days from now!!!!. This woman deserves a dozen roses for her efforts!!!!

"Here's some more information about the poor dog with the lost man....maybe we can share and somehow someone can identify him so they can be reunited.¬if_t=photo_comment_tagged


Not Christopher, because that is not his name. Dave, the owner of “Buzz Lightyear”. He is so grateful for everyone coming together to help him out. I will be meeting him tomorrow at 10am when the shelter opens. I will post an update tomorrow. Buzz will have to go to the vet to be neutered Wednesday, but he will be home with Dave by Wednesday night!

UPDATE 2/18/13 3:25pm I spoke to the city reporter Ryan Hagen at the San Bernardino Sun.

I went to the library downtown on my lunch, I left my flyer with a few homeless men hanging out on the corner. They said they had already seen my flyer at the homeless shelter but did not know him. One of the guys just got his dog back a week ago, so he knows what this guy is going through right now. They will keep a look out for him and give him my contact info if they run into him. The shelter also has a note to give him my number in order to make arrangements to get his dog from the vet after his neuter and collect his donations. Please note, for those who have pledged so far, I will post my PayPal after these two are reunited. For those who want to donate, please consider pledging on another dog in my album, they are urgent.

MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE 2/18/13: I spoke with the operations manager at the shelter, she does NOT see that they have this gentleman’s contact information yet. I am not saying the police department does not have it and will be forwarding it, I am just saying it is not on his dogs kennel record yet.

What is on the kennel record is a note that I will be paying the fees to get this dog released from the shelter, the dog will be sent to the vet for neuter (required per the shelter) if I am not able to pick the dog up for any legal reasons (I am not the legal owner) I will have the dog boarded at the vet until his owner if found. NO OTHER RESCUES can pull this dog. This dog will be staying put in the location this man lives. If anyone is taking this dog anywhere…IT WILL BE ME. I will be the person collecting the donations as well. I will NOT be posting the PayPal info until after everything has been taken care of. The dog is going to be getting neutered, fully vetted, micro chipped, a new collar and name tag, a new leash, some tasty cookies, and his owner will be given gift cards for Pet Smart and gift cards for some new clothing, food, and anything he needs. I am going to make sure he gets every last penny that is donated. If you want your donation to go to this man, please do not send it to anyone else but me. I know a lot of you do not know me, but I promise you I am 100% committed to getting this guy the help he needs.

IF YOU SEE ANYONE POSTING A PAYPAL ADDRESS, PLEASE PM ME OR Amanda Halstead. If you see an update from her, it is coming from me. I am at work and cannot respond. Everyone who is helping run this thread in the right direction, THANK YOU!!! I am so overwhelmed with happiness and then my heart keeps getting crushed by the crazy people.

SUNDAY EVENING UPDATE 2/17/13: I just got home from driving all over San Bernardino city looking for this man. My first stop was the shelter, the kennel staff that were on duty could not give me the area the dog was picked up at without approval from their supervisors. So I just wandered around the city of San Bernardino looking for this guy. I left the flyers I made at liquor stores, launder mats, donut stores, homeless shelters and even with a couple of homeless men who agreed to ask around. Apparently people are calling the police department to get his contact information. The only thing that we have right now is a first name. His name is Christopher. The police department will be giving the shelter his contact info. I will call tomorrow to confirm they have it and that they will try to reach him. I am going to pay his fees at 9am Tuesday morning. If the dog has to be sent to vet to be neutered, I will make sure he has transportation to the vet to pick him up. I will foster him overnight if necessary. He will be back for sure on Wednesday 2/20/13 , he was told he had to put a deposit of 50% to give his dog an additional 3 days. I am hoping we can reach him before that. We have enough in pledges for his dog to be pulled, vaccinated, neutered, food, collar, leash and Petsmart gift cards. There is a solid plan in place. If you want to help, please help this dogs buddies who do not have a plan, please consider donating towards another dog in this album.

SUNDAY MORNING 2/17/13 UPDATE: Yikes! The guy did not leave his contact info with the shelter. The staff has added a note in the dogs kennel record to get the guys contact info and let him know his fees are covered. He will have extra leftover to get him neutered, a collar, leash and dog food. He may need to be vetted as well after leaving the shelter. He even has a job offer with Jd Lonewolf AND a marriage proposal from @Nita L. Fant!!!


When I posted this photo, I had no idea it would get this much attention, what I also never thought would happen is that it would be mistaken as a scam. I have not asked for a dime on this thread. I will not post my PayPal until after the dog is safe and re-united with his owner who is obviously down on his luck and needed our help to make this happen. I will personally make sure that every dime of the donations gets to this man, who needs it more than I do.

SATURDAY 2/16/13: I witnessed this man sitting at the kennel of his dog, weeping. He could not afford the fees to get him out. The shelter has the dog listed a coming in as a stray, but I overheard the man saying the officer who brought his dog in, knew he belonged to him. I wished I could have helped him. His dog did not understand why he had to be in that kennel, he was pacing for his owner to let him out.

The shelter told me the fees were $290, but he would get back the deposit after his dog was neutered.

I am not sure of the breakdown of the costs, but I think there is a fine or fee for the dog being brought in, the cost for the license, the cost to board the dog, and the neuter deposit. The shelter opens again on Tuesday. I can get the breakdown then. I was told he will have 60 days to get him neutered. I will pay the fees myself on my credit card on Tuesday and ask the shelter to contact the owner. They did say he had to at least pay 1/2 the fees by 2/20 and he would be given an additional 3 days to pay the balance.

I was sorta eavesdropping while in line behind him. This is what I heard:
He was walking to the store to get a pack of cigarettes, he saw a couple of acquaintances on the way. He stopped to talk to them. A cop pulled up to them, he had a warrant for 2 unpaid traffic tickets so was taken to jail. He mentioned an officer Martinez. I do not know if that was his arresting officer or the animal control officer. Any who...the officer Martinez supposedly had his dog impounded while he was in jail. The officer said it was a stray dog, when in fact it was not. After they told him about the fees and such, he looked so defeated. He offered to put a deposit of the $6.00 in his pocket. The staff said it would not be necessary. When it was my turn, I got the info I needed on the dogs I photographed, then I asked how much was needed to get the guys dog out. I walked out to the kennel and gave the man the treats I had leftover and then sat on the bench and took this photo. I had to leave to get back to work.

ID#A441782 (AVAILABLE FOR 1 DAY, ON 2/20)


Here is another photo of him talking to his dog, I could not hear what he was saying, but I sure he was promising to come back for him.

I am a male, tan Pit Bull Terrier.

My age is unknown.

I have been at the shelter since Feb 13, 2013.

For more information about this animal, call: San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304 Ask for information about animal ID number A441782"

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:59 pm
great news--ty:))

Genoveva M M. (342)
Monday February 18, 2013, 10:16 pm
I checked i Facebook's Maria's page about this story, this is the last up date:

Maria Sanchez
Not Christopher, because that is not his name. Dave, the owner of “Buzz Lightyear”. He is so grateful for everyone coming together to help him out. I will be meeting him tomorrow at 10am when the shelter opens. I will post an update tomorrow. Buzz will have to go to the vet to be neutered Wednesday, but he will be home with Dave by Wednesday night! "
Wonderful ending to this story, I am so happy they are finally getting together soon!!
Thank you Dianne for helping too!

michelle m. (41)
Monday February 18, 2013, 10:51 pm
Very good news

Katka Oelmann (261)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:11 pm
Noted and shared. TY Dianne

Gabriele R. (29)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 12:03 am
What a story,hope the two will be reunited soon.

Joy Wong (83)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 1:19 am
Noted, thanks.

Abo r. (106)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 3:27 am
Dianne Ly thanks for posting and Henreitte for forwarding
noted gladly.

desanka s. (404)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 4:37 am
Big thank you to the loving Care2'ers for the update and good news!

katarzyna phillips (6)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 5:15 am
i hope they get reunited soon and they will both be grateful for all the donations! well done to all involved and moreso when they are united!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 7:43 am
An awesome example of the good people in our community working together to make miracles happen. My day has been madexoxox

Michelle S. (460)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 8:25 am

"SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KTLA) — A man will be reunited with his four-legged best friend, thanks to some help from a dog lover and her Facebook friends.

Pet advocate Maria Sanchez created a Facebook page about the man and the dog that he could not afford to get out of the pound.

That man, Dave Thomas, had been arrested and sent to jail for being a no-show in court for a traffic violation.

He was released a few days later, but when he went to the animal shelter, he couldn’t afford the hundreds of dollars to get his dog “Buzz Lightyear” out.

A picture on the Facebook page shows Thomas crying next to Buzz, who is lying in a crate.

The picture touched the hearts of many, who made donations on the page and even posted job offers for Thomas if he’s looking for work.

Thomas told KTLA that he’s ecstatic about all the support he has received from the community, and he can’t wait to get his best friend back.

“I never thought it could happen, especially to me,” a stunned Thomas said.

“I gotta go down there at 10 o’clock (on Tuesday), and kiss the feet of Maria Sanchez, who did all this… She’s a godsend.”

Thomas said that when he reunites with Buzz, he’s going to give him a bag of Cheetos, his favorite snack, and take him to the park to let him run around."


Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 10:14 am
Noted, Thanks Dianne .

deb s. (145)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 10:43 am
Noted signed and shared hope he finds his home have my prayers for his reunion

Angelika R. (148)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 10:54 am
Quite a confusing story, but don't we LOVE HAPPY ENDINGS! Thanks to all!

Ruth S. (300)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 11:30 am
We must tell everyone we know so that this little angel can have a happily every after.

Dana H. (229)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 12:58 pm

good news everyone

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 1:07 pm
Thank you for sharing. I will share it too. Truly hope the man and his dog will be reunited soon!!!

Dorota Wisniewska (17)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 1:49 pm

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 3:04 pm
My new up-date on 2/19,they will be reunited!!
my link

desanka s. (404)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 6:43 pm

Happy, happy day...


Kim O. (398)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 9:24 pm
Yay!!! Some great news!! Thanks to everyone that made this possible!!

. (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 9:29 am
Ty Dianne and Philip for the fwd. I am so happy that they are reunited..HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Constance F. (428)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 10:03 am
Thank you for all the updates here. I actually didn't know anything, so I am pleased to no end that this has turned into a happy ending. Pheeew!

divergent revolution (327)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 11:43 am
Thanks again ,Dianne;tsunka wakan;saviour of dogs
They have a great friend in YOU., i

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 2:15 pm

Franco Di Palma (374)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:05 pm
Wonderful ending to a terrible story.

Lauren Kozen (166)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:25 pm
I Love Happy endings! Thanks Dianne for posting & for the updates!

Julia R. (295)
Friday February 22, 2013, 12:40 am
I'm just elated at hearing this wonderful news that Thomas and Buzz have been reunited! It's so nice to hear that this story had a
happy ending! Thanks Dianne for posting and Phil for the forward!

Yvonne Egan (37)
Friday February 22, 2013, 6:07 am
Noted and shared

Paul Girardin (126)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 5:12 pm
It's nice to hear of a happy ending once in a while! Thanks again for sharing!

Debbie Crowe (83)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:59 am
Awwww... I am so glad Dave and Buzz are back together again!!

Thanks Desanka for the video!!
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