Justin Hanley
October 18, 2017 01:37 PM

It’s hard to shine bright like a diamond in these circumstances.

According to Philly.com, a sad little pit bull pup named Diamond was abandoned on a stoop in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. The baby dog was left with a heartbreaking note, as well as a plastic bag filled with pizza.

Justin Hanley, who lives on the 3600 block of Midvale Avenue in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia, looked out his window around 2 p.m. that day and saw the poor pup tied by her leash to his steps. When he went outside to check on the dog, he discovered the note and the pizza too.

Justin Hanley


The note, left under Hanley’s mat, read: “Please take me home. I’m a girl named Diamond. We can no longer keep her in our home. Thank you.”

Next to the note were the three slices of half-eaten pizza.


“Clearly, if somebody is feeding a dog pizza they weren’t equipped to handle a dog in the first place,” Hanley told Philly.com.

He and his wife brought Diamond into their back patio, but were unable to keep the dog as they already have two young children and a dog of their own. However, the animal-loving family knew they needed to help the orphan pup, so Hanley went on Facebook and posted a message along with photos of her to a neighborhood group called East Falls Rant Your A$$ Off.

“Need advice/help. Somebody tied up their dog and abandoned her on my front step, with a note (attached) and a bag of pizza. Who handles abandoned/lost dogs? spca?? This is heartbreaking stuff.”

Messages and comments quickly poured in, and by 5:30 p.m. that same day, Diamond had a new forever home with a friend of a member of the East Falls Facebook group.


Although none of the group’s member recognized Diamond, Hanley told Philly.com that the fact so many people were willing to help the dog is a testament to the community.

“It definitely restored my faith in humanity,” he said.

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