On Saturday, Missouri resident Liz Pendleton came across a bizarre Craigslist ad. It had a picture of a dog, probably a German Shepherd mix, looking very sad. Above the dog, the text: “Dog needs gone or shot.”
"In the description for the dog it said they had no use for a dog and if it wasn't gone by the end of the day they were going to shoot it," Pendleton told KTVI. "It brought me to tears."
Most people, upon reading such a thing, might shudder and move on, hoping it's a joke. Some would post it on Facebook or try to contact authorities. But only Liz got in the car and went to get the dog, despite the fact that the trip was more than one and a half hours away, in Illinois.
"We had to pick him up, no question about it."
“I couldn’t leave him," she told KMOV. "The ad had only been up for an hour and a half, but I didn’t want to take any chances of him getting hurt so I left within the half hour of seeing the ad myself.”
After driving nonstop, Liz got to the house in time. She said she was given the dog "no questions asked or answered," according to Gawker. She later contacted police but doesn't know whether any charges will be filed.
"He's about four years old right now," she said, petting the dog, who she named Buck, commenting on his thin appearance. "You can just see his ribs all right here."
"He just wants love, that's all he wants," she said. "And he deserves so much better than what he's had."
What Buck also still needs is a forever home. Unfortunately, according to KTVI, Pendleton doesn't have the room and can't care for Buck indefinitely. If you're interesting in helping Buck, email Pendleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.