A Kansas City homeless man is heartbroken after his dog was taken away.
Tony Pulliam said he and his dog “Seven” were taken in by two women over the summer during the extreme heat.
“I was holding a sign on the ramp here at 435 and Front Street,” Pulliam said. “They seen my dog and seen how well I was taking care of my dog. They have been helping me out ever since.”
Pulliam said he offered to paint their basement. Eventually, the women kicked Pulliam out but kept his dog and told Pulliam they gave it to a relative.
“They said, ‘No, you can’t have your dog,'” Pulliam said. “And the cops said, ‘You have to take them to civil court because you have to prove that you didn’t give them the dog.'”
For Pulliam, it’s devastating.
“I want my dog back,” he said. “I don’t function without my friend … I don’t even want to get up in the morning.”
Pulliam’s friend, Don Faudel, said Pulliam always took care of Seven.
“He had a raincoat for his dog in the rain,” he said. “I just don’t understand how anybody could decide that anyone is not worthy of owning their dog. He took good care of his dog.”
A fellow animal lover, Brenda Berger supports Pulliam’s quest to get his best friend back.
“When you have as many email addresses in the animal-loving world as I do, it just spreads like wildfire,” she said.
According to Berger, the women had no right to take Pulliam’s dog.
“As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover — just because it was unconventional, doesn’t mean he didn’t deserve the dog,” she said.
Berger and others are trying to help Pulliam get his dog back. They just don’t know where Seven was placed.
FOX 4 tried to reach the women but weren’t able to.