As inexplicable of an excuse as that was for discarding a pet, it wasn't the worst of it. As it turns out, the man's ex-wife didn't want Bruno either, but she did take the smaller dog who had been his only friend. In fact, prior to the divorce, they had cared so little for Bruno they literally starved him of love as a perverse sort of training method.
"He told me they taught Bruno not to lick by not petting him. The dog hadn't been pet in two years. They have no affection for him. He was just a piece of property. It was very sad. All he had was that other dog," Kristin said. "When our volunteer went out to pick Bruno up, the shih tzu actually ran out the door and tried to jump into the car with him. It was very sad."
Since then, Bruno has been placed with a foster family, though things haven't been easy for him as he waits to find a forever home.
"He's going through a struggle now trying to adapt without his little buddy. The problem is that he's 7 years old, which means he's a senior. As of today, he's doing much better than he was before, but he's still learning to trust again. He's still depressed," said Kristin.