Batista Adopts Puppy After Offering A Reward To Find Her Abusers


Batista, the former WWE Champion and current Guardian of the Galaxy, has adopted a new puppy after offering a reward to find the dog’s abusers.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Batista – now known by his real name, Dave Bautista – had offered a $5,000 reward on social media to whoever had left the puppy fending for garbage to eat with a chain embedded in its neck.

Others quickly contributed to the total, including actors Micky Rourke and Jeffrey Dean Morgan of The Walking Dead, Tampa business Alvarez Injury Law, and The Humane Society, where the puppy was taken after being found by a passerby.

After seeing the dog’s tale on the Society’s own social media, Batista initially offered the reward before taking the dog, then named Sage, home.

Batista took to social media to introduce the world to the newest member of the Bautista clan, whom he has renamed Penny.

Sherry Silk, CEO of The Tampa Bay Humane Society, was quoted as saying:

“This dog was found abandoned in a cemetery eating garbage and went home in Dave Bautista’s Rolls Royce. Talk about a rags to riches story.”

Anyone with information on the abuse of the dog can email Silk at or call 813-774-4309.