Reward Offered to Help Homeless Man Get Dog Back

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro homeless man says his dog was the only valuable thing in his life. After his story made the news, an anonymous donor offered a $200 reward for the return of man's best friend.

When FOX 4 first spoke with Tony Pulliam, it was obvious, his heart is broken.

"I don't even want to get up in the morning because I don't have my friend with me," he said.

Pulliam has been a fixture in the 435 and Front Street area for about seven years, and everyone in the area has noticed that he's been down without his dog by his side.

"He was my buddy," says Pulliam, "he was my friend."

Don Faudel helps out Pulliam from time to time, even took his dog Seven to the groomer and got him a flea bath. But he says Seven was always fed and always happy.

"Tony always seemed to take good care of him," he says.

Now Faudel's on a mission to bring Seven back home.

Pulliam says it happened over the summer, when it was so hot, and two women took him in. He stayed at their Northland home for awhile, but suddenly the women kicked him out, and then refused to let him have his dog back. They told him they gave Seven away to a relative.

"They said no you can't have your dog, 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," says Pulliam, "I didn't give them the dog and I'm not giving up my friend."

FOX 4 went to the home to find out why the women would take the dog but no one answered. Faudel says there's no excuse.

"How could these two women decide he wasn't good enough?" asks Faudel.

Faudel's spreading Seven's picture all over the internet and enlisted the help of some animal rescue friends.

"When you have as many email addresses in the animal loving world as I do it just spreads like wildfire," says Brenda Berger, who does animal rescue work with several groups.

"I just want him to get his dog back that's all," says Faudel.

If you have seen the dog or know where he is, please call Don Faudel at (816) 606-4114.

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