When Buster’s owner went to prison, so did Buster. Literally! Back in the fall, Buster’s owner was sent to prison for animal cruelty in Darlington County, South Carolina. Buster was one of three Pit Bull mixes who were tied to a tree and starving in the owner’s backyard. By the time the authorities arrived, one of the dogs had already died, still tied to the tree. Since the jailed owner had no one to care for Buster and the other surviving dog, Phoenix, they went to prison with him as well. Other inmates cared for the dogs and nursed them back to health, but only to have them taken to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter to be euthanized on November 7th.

The folks with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue urgently tried to save these two innocent victims. A rescue was quickly found for Phoenix, who was pregnant. However, five-year-old Buster had no takers. It didn’t help that he was heartworm positive. On December 4th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, contacted us about Buster. Almost Home Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania was interested in taking Buster, but only if his heartworm treatment costs were covered. We agreed at once.

Due to a shortage of the heartworm treatment drug, Buster had to wait until January 7th to receive his treatment.

Susan told us this about Buster: “He’s a very, very gentle giant. Buster is a big, brawny, muscular fellow. However, he’s a submissive kind of guy who just wants to hang close to you and make you smile. He’s very affectionate and loving. He’s a huge fan of belly rubs and anything having to do with showing people attention. Buster is great with other dogs. He just wants to enjoy life at a slow and easy pace!” Click here to view more photos of Buster.

RADAR paid all of Buster’s heartworm treatment costs of $284.

UPDATE! All funds for Buster have been raised! Thank you!

UPDATE! Buster has been adopted!

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Buster:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Lorena Rodriguez; Justin Huskey; Vicki Varney; Kathryn Gooden; Lorraine & Patrick Smith

Added on January 11, 2014.

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