SAN PEDRO (CBSLA.com) — A good Samaritan walked 3 miles to get a dog that was left tied to a light post to an animal shelter.
The abandoned 1-year-old pointer mix named Joey was found by Lisa Snyder wandering Point Fermin Park in San Pedro after breaking free from the light post.
Joey had a handwritten note attached to his collar that stated: "My name is Joey. I am looking for a home. Please take care of me!!"
"He was scared. He was snapping. And growling. And trying to get away from people. He was just scared," she said.
An animal lover, Snyder was able to calm Joey down, then she set out to do what the note asked.
"At first, I asked a lot of people, 'Would you like a dog?' And of course, nobody would like a dog. So, then I thought, 'Well, what am I gonna do?' " she said.
Snyder is without a home as she lives out of her van with her three rescue cats that aren't particularly fond of dogs.
Late Sunday, Snyder, who walks with a cane, decided to make the trek to the county animal shelter, stopping only to get out of the rain.
As CBS2's Kristine Lazar reports, temperatures in San Pedro dipped into the 40s overnight.
"So, I got to thinking, 'If I had left him out here with all that wind coming off the bluff and all that pouring rain and no shelter over there at all, he would have ended up sick, maybe dead,' " she said.
Joey is currently at the Harbor Animal Care Center.
He is micro-chipped, according to shelter staff, who said they sent a letter to the owner, who has 10 days to claim Joey before he goes up for adoption March 13.
"I hope he finds a good family. A forever home. He needs one. He deserves one. He's a good dog," Snyder said.
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