At some point, Sanders and Dinker were likely neighbors.
John Hwang, a Los Angeles photographer who documents the lives of one of Los Angeles' most notorious neighborhood, recalls how Sanders would gush about the dog.
"He was just raving on and on about how much he loves the dog. And how special a dog he is," Hwang tells The Dodo. "I could tell how much he really cared about Dinker."
About a year ago, Sanders got approved for government-subsidized housing in Skid Row.