Drug addiction sabotaged Brayden Morton’s life for five years. During that time, he attempted to detox 16 times before being successful. So when he found the woman who had stolen his beloved dog and found out she was addicted to fentanyl, he knew what to do: pay for her rehabilitation and help her get back on track.
Darla, a 3-year-old Shar-pei, was kidnapped last June: she was lying on the porch of her home in Cranbrook, British Columbia, enjoying some sunshine when someone opened the gate and was ‘is carried away by weight. Morton was working when he heard the sound of the gate: he immediately looked out and saw that Darla was gone. “I ran down the stairs, then out onto the street and saw only an old blue van reverse and start at full throttle.”
It was clear to him immediately what had happened: Darla had been kidnapped. But by whom? And above all, why? The thought that he would never see her again made his blood run cold. “I thought it would end up in a ring or something worse. I thought I had lost it forever, “he told CNN. The police advised him to start the search on social media and the man offered a $ 5,000 reward to get her back. He has received thousands of suggestions. But most, sadly, “were empty promises and just attempts to get the reward money.” Until “a woman wrote that she saw a blue van in a parking lot with a dog inside.” He immediately ran to check and actually found the parked vehicle, but not Darla.
“I was very agitated and accusatory towards the gentleman who was in the vehicle. At the time I was sure it was him, so I was absolutely not kind. ‘ But there was still no trace of Darla. The next day, however, he received an anonymous call from a young woman in tears. “I knew right away that she had it: so I told her I wasn’t angry and that I would go get the reward money before I met her.”
Morton called the police but eventually decided to go alone, to avoid letting her escape. And at the time of the meeting she showed up there with the dog. “I was so happy, I immediately ran to Darla, it seemed too good to be true.” Then, when he looked the woman in the eye, he recognized the ugly version of himself. “It was very obviously addicted to drugs.” So he shared with her his experience and above all how he managed to detoxify. “I was afraid that if I gave her the $ 5,000 she would spend it on drugs, so I offered to pay him for rehab. He said yes and we hugged each other crying ».
Speaking with her, Brayden discovered that she had stolen her dog for $ 150 offered by people who were looking for a shar-pei, most likely for breeding purposes. But he has decided not to file a complaint and now he hopes that, thanks to Darla, the woman will be able to take back her life.
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