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Local Shelter Helps Broken-Hearted Disabled Man Find A New Best Friend

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Six months ago, Pete Cole lost his Pug, Gizmo to cancer. He recently decided to open his heart to a new dog, but fell victim to an elaborate puppy-selling scheme instead. Cole was out $500 and ready to give up when the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland reached out to help him find his new best friend.

The shelter learned of Cole’s plight after local news station, WGME exposed the scam.

With the help of shelter staff and WGME’s investigation team, Cole met and fell in love with an adorable 3-year-old Corgi mix named Angel.

“There’s nothing like the companionship of an animal,” said Jeana Roth of the Animal Refuge League. “When we heard what Pete went through we thought it was really important to help find him a new companion to feel that love and affection again.”

Angel is one of two dozen dogs rescued from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. As a fellow survivor, he is sure to be a perfect match for Cole.

“It changes your mind on the human side of people. When I got scammed I thought everyone out there ripping everyone off. This brings back happiness to mankind,” Cole said.

 

H/T & Featured Image via WGME News

 

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Written by Dina Fantegrossi

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