Community spreads support to homeless man, dog in need

Community reaches out to homeless man and his dog (VIDEO)

FOX19 - A man down on is luck out on the streets and homeless has caught the community's attention from posts on social media.

People see him all the time with signs asking quietly for money on River Road with his dog.

Anthony Nerlinger, or Will, and his dog, Lady, have been homeless for two years and live off what people can offer them.

"I just sit down there with my cart. I get a bunch of cans," said Nerlinger.

He then trades those cans for money. Nerlinger and Lady live in an abandoned house, and he says he won't go to a shelter because most don't accept animals.

"She's my partner," he said. "That's all I can say, she's my partner."

And that's the bond that has caused some major buzz on social media.

One woman posted Will and Lady's story on Facebook, and even brought both of them some food.

That post has now been shared more than 5,000 times and has moved more people to help Will and Lady.

Tonya Vilardo said she used this opportunity not only to help the man in need but to teach her daughters a valuable lesson.

Nerlinger is humbled through all of the generous acts from random people and says there is only one thing that would help him the most.

"It'll be nice if I could hook a job up through this," he said. "I'm not scared to work."

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