Malissa Sergent Lewis, a school teacher in Kentucky, was running late to work on Thursday and decided to take a shortcut through a backroad on the way to school. It was then that she saw something she wasn’t expecting on the side of the road. Lewis told The Dodo,
“I saw this trash bag in the road, and I thought to myself, ‘Did I just see that bag move?’ The closer I got, I realized it was moving. I could hardly wrap my mind around that. Something was alive in that bag, and I just knew I had to get whatever it was out.”
Lewis knew she couldn’t just pass it by, no matter how late she was, so she stopped her car and approached the bag. In a video that she posted on Facebook, the bag looks as if it’s blowing in the wind at first, but then it becomes clear that there’s something struggling inside of it.
Since she didn’t know if there was a wild animal in the bag, she carefully tore off a corner rather than fiddling with the knot at the top, and was shocked to discover what was inside.
“It was a puppy. And he sure was glad to see me. As soon as I opened it up, and he saw light, he just started wagging his tail. He knew he was okay. I couldn’t believe it.”
Oddly enough, the puppy was wearing a collar, although there was no tag on it to identify the owner. Because there was a collar, some suspect that the puppy might have been stolen and then cruelly left to die by the dognapper. Whether it was the owner or a dognapper, nothing changes the fact that this is an unjustifiable crime committed by a human against another living being.
Lewis was still running late, so she put the puppy in her lap and continued her drive to school, where she had her son drive by and pick him up. They later took him to the vet and, despite the cruelty and trauma he experienced, the puppy seemed happy and healthy. Lewis asked the question we’re all wondering:
“Who could do something like that to any animal? I don’t care who you are; everybody loves puppies. It’s a real cold-hearted person to put an animal, any animal, in a garbage bag and dump it on the side of the road. They had bad, bad intentions doing that.”
If you have an unwanted animal, there are tons of options for safely relocating or rehoming them. There is never a reason to attempt to murder, or actually kill, any animal that people no longer want or can care for.
Fortunately for the puppy, his rescuer is now going to be his mom. Since they suspected no owner would come forward to claim him, Lewis and her family took him into their home so that he can be with them forever. As a tribute to his origins, they’ve considered naming him Hefty. Lewis said this of his future:
“We all love the puppy. He’s going to be loved, and have a good home with us. I’m just glad I was in the right place at the right time to save him. That’s what it was.”
We’re so glad that for every person that engages in cruel acts against animals, there are whole families like the Lewis family there to make things right.