On her way to work, a woman named Malissa Sergent Lewis spotted something that stole her attention.

As she was running late to the elementary school in Kentucky where she works, she decided to take a shortcut through a back road. Little did she know that her decision would help save the life of an innocent creature. She found herself in the right place, at the right time and was willing to step in for an animal in need.

“I saw this trash bag in the road, and I thought to myself, ‘Did I just see that bag move?’ The closer I got, I realized it was moving,” she said speaking to The Dodo. “I could hardly wrap my mind around that. Something was alive in that bag, and I just knew I had to get whatever it was out.”

Decide

The video she took shows the bag moving, and it’s a devastating thing to see, knowing someone placed an animal inside and just left it there to suffocate and die.

Although she had no idea what sort of animal could be inside, she still decided to lend a helping hand and give it a chance to live. Risking her own safety, Malissa got out of her vehicle and approached the bag.

“The bag was tied off in a knot, so I carefully tore a corner and looked inside,” she said. “It was a puppy. And he sure was glad to see me. As soon as I opened it up, and he saw light, he just started wagging his tail. He knew he was OK. I couldn’t believe it.”

She took the sweet puppy to the vet’s as she wanted to make sure he was alright and didn’t suffer any injuries while tied in the bag. He even had a collar which made it obvious he was someone’s pet.

Thankfully, the puppy was perfectly healthy.

Authorities spread the story around hoping someone would come forward with any information on who the owner might be. They weren’t certain whether it was the owner who dumped the puppy or it was perhaps stolen and then placed inside that bag. But no matter who did it, if tracked down they will be charged with animal cruelty.

“Who could do something like that to any animal? I don’t care who you are; everybody loves puppies,” she said. “It’s a real coldhearted person to put an animal, any animal, in a garbage bag and dump it on the side of the road. They had bad, bad intentions doing that.”

The best thing that came out of this situation is that the puppy found his forever home with his savior. Yes, Malissa fell in love with the little boy and she couldn’t imagine someone else adopting him.

Her family was so glad she helped him and now gave him a home. Malissa’s sons say how they love Hefty (that is how they named him) and enjoy spending time with him.

“We all love the puppy,” Lewis said. “He’s going to be loved, and have a good home with us. I’m just glad I was in the right place at the right time to save him. That’s what it was.”

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