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Dave Bautista adopts an abused puppy and offers a $5,000 reward to find the perpetrator

Dave Bautista has given an abused puppy a new home and offered a $5,000 award to find the perpetrator. 

The 52-year-old Dune star shared an Instagram post last week that featured heartbreaking photos of the injured dog.    

‘ATTN Tampa Bay: I will personally hand $5000 cash to the person who gives information leading to the arrest and conviction of the sick piece of sh*t responsible for this,’ Dave wrote in the caption.

Forever home: Dave Bautista has given an abused puppy a new home and has offered a $5,000 award to find the perpetrator. Seen in September 2021

Sad: The 52-year-old Dune star shared an Instagram post last week that featured heartbreaking photos of the injured dog

Sad: The 52-year-old Dune star shared an Instagram post last week that featured heartbreaking photos of the injured dog

‘In addition @humanesocietytampabay is also offering $1500,’ he continued. ‘If you know anything please contact @humanesocietytampabay or @safek9.’ 

in the three images that Dave posted, the puppy was seen crouching on an exam table with a chain hanging from her neck. 

One particularly upsetting shot showed that the chain was embedded in skin of the dog’s neck, which was red and inflamed. 

Heartbreaking: In the three images that Dave posted, the puppy was seen crouching on an exam table with a chain hanging from her neck

Heartbreaking: In the three images that Dave posted, the puppy was seen crouching on an exam table with a chain hanging from her neck

Terrible: One particularly upsetting shot showed that the chain was embedded in skin of the dog's neck, which was red and inflamed

Terrible: One particularly upsetting shot showed that the chain was embedded in skin of the dog’s neck, which was red and inflamed

The puppy was being cared for at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, where she was named Sage. The organization had shared details of Sage’s story on September 16 in a Facebook post with the photos that were later reposted by David. 

The post read: ‘Sage was just brought to us with a metal chain embedded… hanging from her neck. We are currently prepping her for surgery to remove the chain. 

‘A Good Samaritan was driving on the way home, and saw Sage eating garbage at ‘The Home Cemetery’. She stopped and Sage immediately ran up to her. She put Sage in the car and rushed over to HSTB. 

Update: On Sunday, the Guardians of the Galaxy actor provided his followers with an update on Instagram. He posted a video in which he was seen sitting next to SafeK9 founder and dog trainer Luis Safe

Update: On Sunday, the Guardians of the Galaxy actor provided his followers with an update on Instagram. He posted a video in which he was seen sitting next to SafeK9 founder and dog trainer Luis Safe

‘Sage is only 3-months-old. She is very sweet and friendly. Even though she is in immense pain Sage was wagging her tail on the exam table while our veterinarian and vet techs were examining her. 

‘In addition to the chain, we noticed that Sage has skin issues and overgrown nails. We can’t imagine who would do this to her. Please send well wishes to Sage as she undergoes her surgery.We will keep you updated on Sage after her surgery is complete.’

Bautista noticed the post and shared Sage’s sad story to his Instagram page. His post went viral with Jeffrey Dean Morgan offering to contribute $500 and Mickey Rourke chipping in an extra $1,000 to find the abuser.

Great news: Dave revealed that he had adopted Sage who he renamed Penny

Great news: Dave revealed that he had adopted Sage who he renamed Penny

On Sunday, the Guardians of the Galaxy actor provided his followers with an update on Instagram. He shared a video with the caption: Sage was horribly abused and left for dead. Here’s her update. Thanks from the bottom of my #DreamChaser heart to @safek9 @humanesocietytampabay and @alvarezinjurylawpllc.’

In the video, Dave was seen sitting next to SafeK9 founder and dog trainer Luis Safe. He said, ‘On my last Instagram post, I posted about a puppy that was horribly abused and offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the horrible human being responsible for this.’  

Bautista continued, ‘ My brother here Luis from SafeK9, who trains my dogs, has helped me out with this and also the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has also offered $1.500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this person.’

Sweet: Bautista tenderly cradled the puppy in his arms

Sweet: Bautista tenderly cradled the puppy in his arms

He explained that Florida-based law firm Alvarez Injury Law had also pitched in $5,000.’

‘So that’s $11,500 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of this person,’ Dave continued.

‘The bad news is that we don’t really have any solid leads now. We’re trying to catch this person responsible.

He went on to say that the puppy that was ‘horribly abused and need surgery’ is recovering now. 

‘But the good news is today, the puppy that you know as Sage actually became Penny Bautista. So I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of my family/’

Happy ending: 'She is now a Bautista,' Dave said as he hugged and petted Penny

Happy ending: ‘She is now a Bautista,’ Dave said as he hugged and petted Penny

A HSTB worker then gave Penny to Bautista, who cradled the puppy in his arms. 

‘Oh, there she is! Healing up nice and recovered,’ he said. 

‘She is now a Bautista,’ Dave said as he hugged and petted Penny. ‘She will never be abused again a day in her life, not a second in her life. She’s about to live her best puppy life ever.

‘Sage is now Penny Bautista and she has her forever home,’ he concluded.

Penny will join Dave’s two pitbulls Maggie and Ollie. 

The HSTB celebrated Penny’s adoption on Facebook. The organization’s CEO Sherry Silk told the Tampa Bay Times. ‘This dog was found abandoned in a cemetery eating garbage and went home in Dave Bautista’s Rolls Royce.’

‘Talk about a rags to riches story.’ 

Animal lover: Penny will join Dave's two pitbulls Maggie and Ollie. Seen in 2020

Animal lover: Penny will join Dave’s two pitbulls Maggie and Ollie. Seen in 2020


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