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Reunion of Dog and Homeless Man Takes Bizarre Turn — Chris Wolfe Reports

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  — It started as a fuzzy feel-good story.

A good Samaritan pleaded for help — and donations — to reunite a man and his dog.

He thanked her, kissing her hands and feet.

But that was then.

This is now.

The good Samaritan, Maria Sanchez, claims the man, Dave Thomas, recently left her this voice message.

“I will be getting in touch with the lawyer and if you do anything with my money that is slander one, embezzlement two, what’s the other one? Oh grand larceny because it’s over one-thousand dollars. ..I am clean that’s why the cops let me go.”

Thomas was jailed briefly, reportedly for problems with traffic tickets.

His pit bull, Buzz Lightyear, was placed in the San Bernardino animal shelter.  Thomas was released, but had trouble paying the required fees to spring his best friend.  That’s when Sanchez spotted him.

homeless-dogAnd took a picture that quickly went viral.

The poignant pet story attracted a lot of attention, and a lot of money.

Sanchez set up a pay pal account to handle buzz’s bills.

There was a heart-warming reunion,  a big wet thank you…all in front of TV cameras.

Then the relationship ended up in the doghouse.

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12 comments

  • CheckYourFacts

    First of all one thing all the news reports are missing is PUBLIC INFORMATION. I thought in journalism you are to check facts? Although he did have a warrant for FTA on a citation (March of 2011 making an illegal u-turn in a bus lane while driving with no insurance, license, or registration) that is not what he was charged with. He was arrested for HS 11378 (possession of amphetamines for sale). I highly doubt he will go to his next court date which is next month, his history clearly shows that he FTA on all his court dates.
    This is not the arresting officer’s fault either. Just as with a child if no parent or guardian is present sadly they go to CPS. As with a dog no one was present therefore the dog goes to the shelter. The officers were only doing their job. The only person to blame is Dave.
    I am so tired of the bashing of everyone who helped this man get his dog back. It is also common knowledge that when funds are donated it is not for cash profit. What Maria is doing is smart. He is not going to use that money to take care of his past due fines which are numerous and totaling over $3,000. She offered to pay some of the citations with the donated money so that his dog would not go through an ordeal like this again. He refused, he wants cash. He has gotten numerous tickets for no registration, no insurance, on top of no license. The kicker to all this is that in May of 2011 he was cited for his dog running at large with no license. Bottom line is he is irresponsible and not thinking of the best interests of his beloved dog.
    He could not gather money to resuce his own dog because of his mistakes yet he is going to get an attorney. I am so tired that this ignorant jerk is getting so much attention for being ungrateful!

    • Angel

      I completely agree. Why didnt people see this before. Why didnt they check him out before? I did and would not give him a dime. Why were they calling him Chris. He was not homeless. If you dared comment or say anything people would bash you. Everyone was willing to help this man out, but you dont hear anything about donating to the other animals at the shelter. What is wrong with people. Now people are giving her advice. I hope she was able to refund and put the monies in an appropriate place. I would hope she would get legal advice to make sure she did everything right. I would hate to see him get a penny more.

  • CRAZY WORLD

    HE A METH DEALER USER AND A BONIFIDE SCUM BUBBLE I HOPE HE GETS THE MONEY USES IT TO GET HIS FIX ODS FROM IT DIES FROM IT AND GOES STRAIGHT TO HELL!

  • HELPER BEWARE

    MOST PEOPLE LIVING ON THE STREET WANT TO BE THERE ITS THEIR LIFESTYLE BEING PROFESTIONAL HUSTLERS , SOME ARE PSYCOPATHIC OTHERS ARE DEMON POSSESED AND THEN THERES DAVE A METH FIEND AND DEALER WHO WOULD SELL HIS MAMA FOR A FIX . STAY AWAY FROM STREET PEOPLE, THEY ARE VERY DANGEROUS! IT COULD MEAN YOUR LIFE ! (NYC BORN AND BRED)

  • Ruth

    I don't know about San Bernardino, but in Buffalo NY, a dog owner must have a dog license, which means you need a street address. Taking care of a dog properly means regular food and water, vet care. Now, sure, a homeless person and a stray might hook up, and there's nothing wrong with that – but before getting all dewy-eyed and becoming a Good Samaritan, Sanchez and the tv crew should have looked at the situation logically.
    As someone pointed out above – many homeless people are on the street because they chose to be there.
    Since this guy is being an idiot and threatening someone, the money should be given to the animal shelter, with the tv cameras rolling so this guy doesn't continue to threaten her with legal action.
    Think twice before coming to the rescue of strangers. I'm not saying that all street people are substance abusers, but if they are, and they see $$$ – you will regret trying to help them.

  • Guest

    Your comments on the homeless are completely incorrect and totally based on no personal experience whatsoever – the reason I know that is i DO work with them, and they are nothing like you're description. What you are describing is criminals – get it straight, the 2 are NOT the same…

    That being said…this horrible excuse for a human being, Dave Thomas, is not homeless… So again you are blathering without knowing what you are talking about… People really need to do some research before opening their mouths and sounding like total idiots!

  • C. A. R.

    Give the money to he shelter, why waste, yes WASTE, more time on a piece of shit person, Dave Thomas. Just give the money to the animal shelter, animals that really need assistance but cannot ask.

  • LGP Nebraska

    r Maria .. i followed this story from Day 1….. all your efforts were outstanding… im sorry dave turned on you……… no good deed goes unpunished ,, very sad that the funds rasied and the job offer wasnt taken by Dave as the real offers of a hand up instead of just a hand out. ….. i had hoped the job offer ,, and the donations You and your group raised for Buzz to be reunited with his owner would have a lasting affect instead of being treated as a hand out. … i am sorry.. YOU were amazing.. dont let this one greedy man tarnish the help and care you showed.. .. ps.. good paper trail ,, show every penny accounted for or returned to sender..