LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A pet lover is being hailed as a puppy savior after she helped rescue four small canines from a homeless man who put the dogs in a sealed Tupperware container.
Annie Hart’s friend Samantha Haas called her on July 18th to tell her she encountered a homeless man in West Hollywood who put the dogs in the container. Hart, in turn, convinced the friend to block a bus with the homeless man on it until she could get there.
“I knew these puppies were in grave danger,” said Haas. “They were tiny, they didn’t have their mother, they were in an unventilated plastic bin … so I knew their breathing was definitely compromised.”
After two attempts to get on the bus, Hart convinced the driver to let her on the bus to rescue the pups.
“I was most concerned that they had enough air,” Hart says.
In her car, she and her husband literally chased the bus down Santa Monica Boulevard.
The four puppies are due to be adopted in the coming weeks.
The dogs are named after the X-Men Raven, Elliott, Logan and Luke, the runt.
“They’re little super heroes,” Hart says, “These little pups, they survived this grand adventure.”
Hart is executive director of an animal charity called the Bill Foundation. The group started in May 2000 and have rescued and placed over 2200 dogs since. They also have a live cam on the puppies.
She told KCAL9’s Suraya Fadel the bus driver didn’t know what to make of her at first.
Then she had to convince the homeless guy to give up the puppies.
“I convinced him to get off the bus with me,” says Hart.
He wanted to keep one but ultimately she convinced him that Luke would be better off in a home.
Hart also told Fadel she wanted to give a shout out to WagAware.com.
Part of the money they make from dog tags and other merchandise goes to animal rescues like the Bill Foundation.
“We rescue from our heart,” says Hart.