A man by the name of Brayden Morton went above and beyond for a complete stranger in order to help her get off drugs after she stole his precious dog, Darla.
Back in June, Morton was in his home office in Cranbrook, British Columbia, when he heard a loud noise and the sound of his gate being opened.
When he went to check on Darla, who had been lying in the sun on the deck, he saw that she was missing and noticed a blue Ford truck hastily leaving the area.
Brayden Morton and his 3-year-old Chinese shar-pei Darla | Photo: Facebook.com/brayden.morton.56
A REWARD FOR DARLA'S RETURN
According to the 35-year-old, he was afraid that he would never see his 3-year-old Chinese shar-pei again and that she would end up in a fighting ring somewhere.
After going to the police, Morton turned to Facebook to let everyone know that Darla was missing and that he was offering a $5,000 reward to whoever helped get her back.
A lot of people sent tips, but they were all either empty promises or attempts at getting the money. However, one of them was from a woman who said she had spotted the truck with a dog inside at an auto shop.
Morton immediately went there and found a man inside the truck. He was very angry at the man, who had no idea what the dog owner was talking about.
A CHANGE OF HEART
A day later, Morton received a call from a blocked number and on the other side was a young girl crying, saying that she had Darla with her, and the two set up a meeting.
The police wanted to accompany Morton, but he decided to meet the woman, whose identity hasn't been revealed for her protection, alone. As soon as he arrived, he saw Darla and immediately grabbed her.
However, Morton saw himself in the girl and immediately knew that she was a drug addict. Having had his issues with drug addiction, he couldn't turn away from her.
It has been reported that Morton fought a long and hard battle with fentanyl addiction by the age of 24 and tried to detox 16 times. At one point, he even tried to take his own life.
Aside from using drugs, he was also a dealer at one point and was held hostage, shot, and stabbed. Even after leaving the hospital, his only concern was drugs.
So after meeting the dog thief, he hugged her and forgave her after she confessed to stealing Darla for $150, which were offered to her by people looking for a Chinese shar-pei.
A HELPING HAND
Seeing Morton's emotional Facebook post changed her mind and led her to contact him. This, and the fact that he saw himself in the girl, led Morton to call Westminster House, a residential addiction recovery program.
Instead of giving her the reward money, Morton put down a deposit that covers all her medical expenses and rehabilitation treatment whenever she is ready to check in.
So far, the girl has canceled her admission three times, but Morton still believes that she will accept it someday since everything is already paid for. He said:
"I did the same thing before. It's not an easy thing to do, going to rehab, but I'm not going to give up on her. She knows this offer will always be here, whenever she is ready to go, it's paid and it's a done deal."
On his way home, Morton saw the owner of the blue truck once again and apologized for his actions. Not only that, but he also helped the man by getting him a room at a hotel for a whole week.
As it turns out, the man was homeless, having caught his wife in an affair. He had nowhere to go but decided to leave with his two dogs. Now he has his own trailer as well as a full-time job, thanks to Morton.
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