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Local Port Charlotte roofer rescues puppy with broken leg left in a cage

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When hired by a couple to make repairs to their Haines Ave., Port Charlotte, Fla. home, local roofer Chris Walling couldn't help but notice the adorable black Labrador mix puppy left alone in a cage in the homeowners' kitchen reported Saturday's

Walling, an animal lover, asked the couple, Hector Martinez-Rivera, 34, and Sirena Piper, 20, if he could take the dog out of her cage and play with her for a few minutes. The couple agreed, but as Walling urged the puppy named Lizzy out of her cage, he noticed the dog's leg was broken and off at a 45 degree angle.

The couple told Walling they didn't have the money to pay to take the dog to the veterinarian.

According to, the dog was also malnourished, and there were no blankets, food, or water in her cage.

"I just told them I was going to take their dog," Walling stated. "They didn't take the time to get it fixed and after a little convincing, I took the dog."

And now two-and-a-half-months later, Lizzy is full of energy and running around like an active puppy should. It has cost Walling a thousands of dollars in veterinarian fees, but the best reward came late last week when Rivera and Piper were finally arrested and charged with causing cruel pain and suffering to Lizzy.

On the Facebook page of Charlotte County Animal Control, the sentiments of every animal advocate were just perfectly stated:

"Paws up to the roofer who noticed that is poor pup was injured and did something about it!"

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