CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - An alpaca and his Labrador retriever puppy buddy that were for sale on the side of the road have been rescued.
The alpaca (named Gomer Pyle USMC) and the puppy were for sale at the corner of William Street and Mount Auburn in Cape Girardeau after the van and five humans they were riding in broke down.
Anthony Morin is traveling with four other adults who describe themselves as "nomadic travelers". The travelers and three critters (including Gomer Pyle USMC) were in a minivan to Washington state. Yes, all five adults and three animals were in the van.
Their van broke down in Cape Girardeau. In order to come up with the money to fix the van, they decided to panhandle near the intersection of William Street and Mount Auburn Road trying to sell Gomer.
Gomer is three-and-a-half-year-old Alpaca. Morin says he rescued Gomer Pyle USMC from ending up on someone's dinner table. He put a $500 price tag on Gomer and $700 for the Labrador retriever puppy.
Both animals were rescued by Mac's Mission and Dawn Flickinger with Yearning for Yarn in Cape Girardeau. The two organizations covered the cost 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 puppy is 4 months old and will be available for adoption through the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri.
The alpaca will be placed with a family in Perryville on their farm.
They have been renamed Rainbow (puppy) and Unicorn (alpaca).