Dave Antonucci is a homeless man living by the side of some railroad tracks in Linden, New Jersey. He cannot find a proper place to live because of his dog Petey, who is a pit bull. Dave says Petey is his son, and he’d rather be homeless than give him up.
“He walks the streets all day, and if nobody offers him a place, he sleeps on the side of the tracks,” says Bob Scutro, who started a fundraiser for them. “They walk many miles a day, as can be seen by Petey’s shape and feet.”
“We’ve been together day and night, ever since I’ve gotten him,” Dave told News 12 New Jersey. “He’s like my son. You know, ‘cause I don’t have no kids in life.”
Thankfully, there are many fine people in this world who are willing to help. Bob and other good Samaritans are collecting clothing, food, and other supplies for the pair. One person said:
“I met Dave last night at the Walmart in Linden…. I had brought over dog food, milk bones (which Petey tore through in five minutes), and an old dog bed so Petey wouldn’t have to sit on the cold ground… spoke to Dave for a good hour, then went in Walmart… got Dave some food and Petey some dog toys. I then loaded them in my car and drove them to where he was supposed to stay last night, but no one was there. Now on a mission… called Robert C Scutro, his original advocate, and we both started making calls. Thanks to Maria Lynn we secured him a temporary place to stay; this picture is Petey enjoying his new toys in a warm place to stay. Keep sharing and please donate if you can… when people come together, we can do amazing things!”
“The next morning when I walked in and saw Dave and Petey warm and sound asleep on the couch with their arms around each other, not even knowing I was there, it made me know it was the right thing.”