Viral photo reunites dog in shelter with owner

By Tara Evans, Producer, tevans@wkmg.com
Published On: Feb 20 2013 01:55:52 PM EST

A homeless California man is reunited with his dog after a shelter photographer's photo goes viral.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -

A homeless man in California is with his best friend again...man's best friend, that is.

Dave Thomas' pup Buzz Lightyear was brought to the San Bernardino shelter after Thomas was arrested for failing to appear in court for a traffic violation.

When Thomas got out, he only had $6 in his pocket, but the shelter required $400 to get Buzz out. While visiting Buzz, shelter photographer Maria Sanchez snapped the above photo, capturing a touching moment between the man and his dog.

Sanchez posted it on Facebook, and as of Tuesday night, had raised more than $2,000 to help Thomas out.

Thomas went to pick up the newly-neutered Buzz on Wednesday, and you can see in the video just how happy they were.

Thomas said he was grateful for all the support, and that he intended to take Buzz to the park to run around, and get him his favorite snack--Cheetos.

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