With a heartwarming update, actor and WWE alum Dave Bautista is introducing fans to his rescue pup, Penny, and her remarkable story of survival.
“ATTN Tampa Bay: I will personally hand $5000 cash to the person who gives information leading to the arrest and conviction of the sick piece of sh*t responsible for this. In addition @humanesocietytampabay is also offering $1500. If you know anything please contact @humanesocietytampabay or @safek9,” Dave Bautista shared to his official Instagram Sept. 18.
Within the post, the actor and known dog-lover shares Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s photos of the little pup in her horrible condition. Penny was spotted by a Good Samaritan eating garbage in the Tampa area. Upon rescuing her, however, this awesome Outsider immediately brought the 3-month-old doll to HSTB. Clearly chained up since her earliest days, Penny’s skin had completely grown around the tight metal chain wrapped around her neck in a horrific case of abuse.
While her face is as adorable as ever, the images of her neck grown around the chain are heartbreaking and hard to stomach. Please be aware of graphic images before viewing HSTB’s photos below. And don’t worry, thanks to Dave Bautista and HSTB’s incredible work, this story has a very happy ending.
Dave Bautista Offers Incredible Update on ‘Penny’: ‘She’s Now a Bautista’
“UPDATE! Sage was horribly abused and left for dead. Here’s her update. Thanks from the bottom of my #DreamChaser heart to @safek9, @humanesocietytampabay and @alvarezinjurylawpllc,” the Guardians of the Galaxy and James Bond franchise star captions of his update this week.
Unfortunately, no plausible leads have come of Bautista’s reward as of yet. To entice the deal, however, the reward has more than doubled in size.
“The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is also offering $1,500 to lead to the arrest and conviction of this person,” Bautista adds. “And Alvarez Injury Law, who also works out of Florida, is offering another $5,000. So that’s $11,500 for any information,” he continues. Yet it gets even better.
“But the good news is, the puppy you know as ‘Sage’ just became ‘Penny Bautista,” the actor smiles in his Instagram video below. “So I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of my family! And there she is, healing up and nicely recovering,” he smiles wide as he takes Penny into his arms.
“She is now a Bautista and will never be abused again a day in her life,” Dave offers. “She is about to live her best puppy life ever.”
“Thank you guys for helping us out,” he continues in the update. “Sage is now Penny Bautista and she has her forever home,” Dave smiles with a peace sign.
If you didn’t already love Dave Bautista (and who doesn’t?), you do now. What a fantastic ending to a horrible story.