GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJLA) -- Charlie is one of about 50 dogs rescued from a large property in Arkansas. A Humane Society of the United States video shows the animals being removed from what officials describe as a place of filth where the dogs lacked basic care.
As a result, Perry Stone now has a new friend.
"On this rescue I found this little--or I should say, he found me," Stone says. "I was sitting on a chair and he jumped on my lap. He looked like a Charlie to me, so I named him Charlie."
The woman who owns the Arkansas property where these dogs were found was arrested and charged with one count of animal cruelty. More charges are pending.
Stone is the driver of the truck that transported the pups to safety. His old buddy Duke, another rescue dog, used to be at his side, but he died last Christmas.
"He traveled all over the country with me and he lived in the motel with me, and when I went home he stayed with me," Stone says.
Now, Charlie will be taking over Duke's job as lead dog rescuer, sitting right up on the console between the driver and passenger seat. The hope is that the rest of Charlie's buddies will soon be able to find a home.
These ready-to-adopt animals are headed to places like the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation in Arlington; others will end up at D.C.'s Animal Rescue League and other agencies in nearby counties.
"Some that are a little bit shy may take a tiny bit longer, but they're going to be in their forever home really soon," Barbara Hutcherson of Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation.
These shelters are hoping you can help by adopting one of these needy friends.