A homeless man down on his luck, just lost the last thing of value in his life. Someone stole his dog.
At a glance you may think you know this story. A homeless man on a street corner holding a sign. But James Bryant isn't asking for a handout. He wants his dog back.
"The dog was all that was important to me," said James.
His dog "Handover" was a gift from his wife. Her last. She died last year. She hoped the dog would keep her husband company after breast cancer ran it's course.
"He's my life. He was the only thing I had left over from Jane when she died," he said.
After the death of his wife, James lost everything else, including the farm they lived on. He said he just gave up.
But he's not giving up on finding Handover.
"Somebody stole Handover from James. James at night he keeps him tethered to his leg at night and when he woke up in the morning the chain and everything was gone," said animal activist Carolyn Texter.
She met James on a cold march night, offering warm food and blankets. Since then, she's watched James pay vet bills with money collected on the street.
"He always says he takes care of Handover during the day, Handover takes care of him at night," she said.
Texter hopes the Facebook page she created, called "Help Find Handover," will reconnect this man with the one thing he had left.
James says if somebody sees Handover, he just wants them to bring them back to the corner of U.S. 19 and Beacon Woods Drive.
"Even though I live in a ditch, bring him back to a ditch. I'll be waiting here until I find my dog." James said.
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