When animal lovers heard about a Labrador puppy and an alpaca offered for sale sold on the side of the road in Missouri they rushed to the rescue.
Anthony Morin, four other adults, and the animals were heading to Washington State when their van broke down in Cape Girardeau.
The group, who call themselves “nomadic travelers, could not afford to fix their van, so they advertised the poor animals for sale to passing motorists at the corner of William Street and Mount Auburn in Cape Girardeau
They even came up with a board that they placed on the alpaca offering the animal for sale for $500. The price tag of the Labrador puppy was $700.
When they heard about the plight of the animals, Mac’s Mission and Dawn Flickinger with local business, Yearning for Yarn, came to the animals’ rescue, and paid the asking price for both animals.
“The alpaca and the puppy were being prostituted for personal gain and it was hot and they were in the sun and there was no water and it was a situation that needed to be fixed,” said Flickinger.
The 4-month-old Labrador puppy has been named Rainbow and is available for adoption through the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri while Unicorn, the alpaca,has been placed with a family on a farm in Perryville, until a permanent home can be found.