Scroggins was able to carry the dog to safety, after which he tried to find a no-kill shelter that might be able to take him in.
"All the shelters around here were completely full, so I decided to bring him home with me for the night," said Scroggins, who has since named the dog Lucky. "I cleaned him up and fed him. He was so happy to be safe."
The next day, after talking with some other neighbors, Scroggins learned the person who had left Lucky all alone seemed to have no interest in getting him back. On top of that, this wasn't the first time one of the owner's animals needed to be saved from neglect.
"The owner who left the dog knows I have him, but he doesn't care. He didn't even ask about him," said Scroggins. "He had another dog before that needed to be rescued by the Humane Society because he left him tied to a tree outside without food. I don't think he cared if Lucky would die out there. He had time to come get him, but he didn't. Who would do that? I'd get my dog before I got anything else."
Although he hadn't been planning on getting a dog, Scroggins says Lucky will be welcome to live with him from here on out - in fact, he might not have much choice about it either way.
"I feel like he understands what happened, 'cause now he refuses to leave my side," said Scroggins. "It makes me feel better knowing the dog is in a better place than he was. If you see someone in need of help and you can do something, then do something - that goes for people and animals. If you can help out, try. That's what I hope people take away from this."