FREELAND, Mich. (WNEM) – A navy veteran who needs a new friend and a dog who needs a forever home have reunited with the help of the Humane Society of Saginaw County.
This comes after he’s been scammed for hundreds of dollars hoping to get a new best friend
Charles Birden, who lost his beloved 14-year-old beautiful Rottweiler girl while recovering from hip replacement surgery, has PTSD, depression and anxiety.
His dog was a source of comfort and companionship.
“I got a phone call. And oh my God. I don’t even want to tell you how I answered that phone call when they told me my dog was dead. Because that was the first time she was away from me, ”Birden said.
He says the loss has left a void in his life. A void he hoped to fill with a new Rottweiler.
Going online, Birden found an organization that claimed to have one, but asked for $ 1,400 for the dog.
Birden took out a loan to get the puppy, but the group turned out to be a scam.
“I was very disappointed and disturbed because I had already lost the dog,” Birden said.
Birden and her VA social worker sent letters to the Saginaw County Humane Society asking for their help.
“We told him our mission is to get him his dog,” said the president of the humanitarian society Elizabeth Guarm.
After some research, a female rottweiler puppy was found in Texas.
The puppy, whom Birden called “Bae”, was all crazy about meeting him.
“This is one reason I’ve been involved in animal rescue for 27 years is people like Charles. That’s it, ”Guarm said.
With smiles all around, Birden and Bae left.
Birden was so upset that he didn’t get the rottweiler he paid for that he gave away all of his pet supplies, but thanks to human society, he left here fully stocked to live a long and joyful life with Bae.
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