The ex-WWE star, known for his role as Drax the Destroyer in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, had heard of the neglected puppy, named Sage, from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, who shared his story heartbreaking online this month. , in a post that quickly went viral.
Sage was spotted eating trash by a Good Samaritan who rushed her to the Florida Animal Organization, according to the post. The dog underwent surgery to remove a metal chain that was embedded in his neck, as well as problems with skin and overgrown nails. Although they were in “immense pain,” workers said she wagged her tail as vets examined her.
Bautista – a well-known dog lover – decided to get involved like a badass, personally offering $ 5,000 in cash to anyone who could provide information that could get the attackers to stop the “piece of crap” from. Sage, he wrote in an Instagram post last week. to its 3.6 million followers. The Humane Society also offered to pay $ 1,500.
“ATTN Tampa Bay: I will personally hand over $ 5,000 in cash to whoever gives information leading to the arrest and conviction of the patient responsible for this,” the Marvel star, 52, wrote in the post. “If you know anything, please contact @humanesocietytampabay or @ safek9. “
Support quickly grew, with actor Mickey Rourke pledging $ 1,000 for information and a Tampa Bay law firm also confirmed it would match Bautista’s $ 5,000, Bautista said in a video , adding that he was disappointed that there apparently were no “solid leads” on the patient yet.
Bautista said he decided to welcome the adorable pooch, renamed Penny, to his family and his two adopted pit bulls.
“The puppy you know today as Sage has become Penny Bautista,” he said in the post. “I would like to introduce you to the newest member of my family… she is now a Bautista and she will never be abused again in her life.” “
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has also announced its enthusiasm for the new furry member of the Bautista family.
“We are so excited for Sage! She went from eating trash in a graveyard with a chain embedded around her neck to starting an AMAZING new life with Dave and 2 new Pitty siblings, ”the organization posted.
Bautista, who also stars in the movie “Dune”, told local reporters he believed animal abusers were “evil”.
“To me, there is nothing more innocent and pure than a puppy,” Bautista told the Humane Society on Thursday, WTSP reported.
“For someone who can mistreat a puppy has to be the lowest form of human being, pure evil, for someone who can mistreat an animal like that. It makes my stomach hurt.