A puppy whose known nothing but a life of abuse is looking for a new home.
Amy Moulton was painting a house Thursday morning when a puppy named Nino ran up and sat down at her feet.
"I was just kind of looking around, looking for a possible owner and I noticed some wounds on his face," Moulton said. "I knew something was up with this dog."
The dog's owner then approached Moulton and started complaining about Nino and yelling at him.
"I asked him, 'Do you want this dog? Do you want me to take this dog and help find it a new home?' And, he said, 'Yeah.' He gave me the leash and he gave me a bag of food and took off."
It's likely the best thing that's ever happened to Nino.
When Moulton and her sister, Karen Holloway, got a closer look at the dog, they were horrified.
"It broke my heart," Holloway said. "I saw how thin he was, how swollen his face is, the scars all over his face."
Despite the signs of repeated abuse, the sisters say Nino seems like a great dog and loving companion.
They decided against taking him to a shelter, fearing he may be euthanized because he resembles a pitbull.
While the sisters have fallen in love with the energetic animal, neither has the means to adopt him themselves. So, they're trying to find him a loving family.
"Especially after going through the abuse, I'd like to see him in a good home," Moulton said. "During the car ride he wanted to be near me the whole time. He seems very protective and pretty loyal."
Holloway says Nino gets along well with her black lab and cat; he hasn't shown any aggression.
On Friday, Holloway took Nino to Kryder's Veterinary Clinic to be checked out.
Thanks to the generous folks at pet refuge, she won't have to foot the bill.
"Very excited that they're going to help cover those costs for his medical care and that we're not going to have to be paying those bills," Holloway said.
Dr. Lindsey Candey examined Nino and found several cuts in and around his mouth. But, she says with the help of some antibiotics, he should be just fine.
"Little tiny dogs and just dogs and cats in general, they have an amazing will to live," she said. "No matter what it was he's gone through, he's going to be through it."
Candey prescribed some medicine that should help Nino heal within the next five days.
The sisters will continue to care for the puppy until they find him the right owner.
They say they've already been contacted by several families.
Anyone interested in adopting Nino can e-mail Moulton at firstname.lastname@example.org.