Last Thursday morning, Malissa Sergent Lewis was driving her kids to school as normal, when she happened upon a shocking discovery.
She said, “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.”
Sergent took out her cell phone, and began to film the strange sight.
Not knowing what was inside, Malissa approached with caution. But she needn’t have worried.
“The bag was tied off in a knot, so I carefully tore a corner and looked 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 OK. I couldn’t believe it.”
The dog had nothing to identify it, and Malissa didn’t want to leave it alone in the road, so she took it home with her.
“I just put him in my lap and drove to school. I couldn’t just leave him in the car, so I brought him in with me. The principal saw me and said, ‘You have a dog!’ I said, ‘It’s a long story.'”
Lewis finds it difficult to understand how someone could discard of a pet in such a way:
“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.”
Malissa and her family are keen to adopt the dog, which is lucky as the chances of anyone coming forward to claim him are slim.
“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.”