Last Thursday, Malissa Sergent Lewis of Kentucky went to work at an elementary school in Kentucky where she worked a little late so she decided to take a shortcut via a back street. It was there along that quiet country street that despite his haste, Lewis noticed something startlingly unusual.
“I saw this garbage bag on the street and I thought to myself, ‘Did I just see that bag move?’ The closer I got, the more I realized it was moving.” Can’t help but think about it, there was something alive in the bag and she just knew she had to get whatever was in it.
A trapped creature hobbled toward her approaching car. Not knowing if there was some kind of dangerous animal inside the bag, Lewis approached cautiously. “The bag was knotted so I carefully tore off a corner and looked inside,” she said. “It’s a puppy. And it sure was happy to see me. As soon as I opened the door, it saw the light, it started wagging its tail. He knew he was fine.”
The puppy wears a collar but doesn’t have a tag to identify it from – so Lewis decided to bring it with him.
“I just put him on my lap and drove to school,” she said. “I couldn’t leave it in the car so I took it with me. The principal saw me and said: ‘You have a dog!’ I said, ‘It’s a long story.'”
Lewis called his son to pick up the puppy and bring it home safely. Then they took him to the vet to make sure he was really okay after that unthinkable act of ᴄʀᴜᴇʟᴛʏ.
“We injected him and he looks happy and healthy.”
It is not known whether the puppy was ᴅɪsᴄᴀʀᴅᴇᴅ by its owner or perhaps stolen and placed there by someone else. Lewis says authorities are investigating the incident, but she’s sure someone did it on purpose and he could have ᴅɪᴇᴅ if she wasn’t lucky enough to spot him in time.
Only a few days apart, but Lewis and his family are very attached to the little dog she saved. They even gave him a name suggestive of the circumstances of his accidental discovery: Hefty.
Since most likely no one would come to claim Hefty, Lewis and her family decided to give him a permanent home of their own. He will be loved and have a happy home with us. I’m just glad I came to the right place at the right time to save him. That’s how things are.
“Who can do the same to any animal? I don’t care who you are, everyone loves puppies.” It is a ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʟᴇss ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴ to put an animal any animal in a trash bag and throw it by the side of the road. They had ʙᴀᴅ intentions in doing it.”
Fortunately, however the dog found someone to help him, not only in that moment of despair but for the rest of his life.