This is the story of Andre, a little brown dog who suffered terrible abuse to become an Internet sensation.
Andre’s story starts on Jan. 3, 2012, near 102nd Avenue and Durango in the far southwest Valley. Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch said a man walking in the area witnessed a car drive up to an empty field. The driver got out, dumped a white garbage bag in the middle of the field then drove off.
“The witness opened the bag and found a dog inside, still alive,” said Burch.
The little pup’s eyes were badly injured by what appeared to be shotgun pellets. The Good Samaritan tried to nurse the pup back to health, but ended up giving it to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. After a surgery to remove the puppy’s eyes, he was put into a foster home.
“The foster mom called herself a seeing-eye human for the dog,” said Burch.
She named him Andre after Andrea Bocelli, the blind tenor, and started a Facebook fan page. Andre developed a fan-following in the thousands. One fan even made him little dark doggie glasses to wear.
Sadly, several months later, Andre developed health problems and passed away, but the search for his abuser hasn’t stopped.
Thanks to the Facebook fans, there’s a $3,000 Silent Witness reward.
To read more about this case, click here.
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past
- 6 cool ways teachers are using technology in the classroom
- Emerging tech jobs in Phoenix and how to get one in 2017
- 4 top treatments athletes use for pain
- Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
- Operation Santa Claus needs holiday help
- This college bowl season is likely to be epic
- Arizona kids in crisis: How you can help
- 11 holiday classics for the ultimate movie marathon
- 2016 college football rivalry games you simply can't miss
- New treatment offers hope for migraine sufferers
- 11 stadiums to watch your favorite football team
- Shopping for a TV? Best models for 2016
- The new beer pairing guide for holiday foods
- Avoid this holiday plumbing disaster in your home
- 7 tips to avoid holiday weight gain
- New treatments mean better prostate cancer survival rates
- 5 of the scariest things found in drains
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night
- New bone marrow procedure holds promise for healing pain
- The best places to celebrate Fall in Phoenix
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes
- Diet, exercise and aspirin: 3 tools to fight colon cancer
- 2016 baseball highlights, bloopers and blunders
- See how CFOs really feel about business in the Valley
- The best television shows on the internet
- The 5 worst things you could do for your roof
- 6 coolest things brewing in Arizona
- The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise
How we spread the word
Police officers answer the Silent Witness telephone line 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. They take your information and direct it to the proper department for action.
How we keep going
The community. We're supported by donations from businesses, civic groups, and several individuals. Our civilian board actively oversees the operation of the Silent Witness program.
If you have time, talent, money or information to share, contact Silent Witness today.