A call of a suspicious bag at a Las Vegas airport led to a heartbreaking discovery in a women’s restroom earlier this month.
When K-9 units arrived to the scene to investigate, the bag began to move. Inside, they found a handwritten note with a 3-month-old Chihuahua seeking help.
The letter, written from Chewy’s perspective, says his owner needed to get away from an abusive relationship and couldn’t afford to take him with her on her flight from McCarran International Airport.
"She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has no other option," it reads.
The note then shifts to the point of view of the owner, who claims Chewy sustained an injury when a fight between the couple got out of hand.
"My ex-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head," it read. "He probably needs a vet."
Chewy was taken in by Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue (CMDR) after his injuries were examined by a veterinarian.
“The ER vet checked him out and said there appeared to be no serious trauma,” said Darlene Blair, an administrator at CMDR. “He is doing fine.”
Blair said she has been working with pet rescues for about five years and has never seen a note left with a dog.
“It was heartbreaking,” she said. “My mind was full of, ‘What do I do next? What’s the best way to handle this to get attention to the cause and also to let her know that he’s safe without putting her in jeopardy?'"
She added: “He’s safe and if she was safe and she wants him back, then... contact us somehow,” Blair said. “We want her to know that somehow.”
CMDR is a non-profit that opened in April of 2016 and cares for senior dogs and dogs with severe medical issues. Blair says out of the 230 dogs they’ve taken in, at least 200 of them have been adopted.
"If she’s in a good place and if she is safe, CMDR will do whatever it takes to reunite them, if that’s a possibility," Blair said.
Blair said the CMDR has already received nearly 1,000 inquiries regarding Chewy, including some from Canada. She said they will select local candidates and will send out interest forms.
From there, they will choose which family is fit for Chewy.
But even if Chewy is unavailable, Blair says there are always plenty of pets ready to be adopted.
“There’s lots of ‘Chewys’ out there at shelters so please go to a shelter near you because there’s dogs looking for homes just like Chewy is,” Blair said.