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Disabled man gets dog after I-Team investigation

Pete Cole and his new dog Angel (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) - The I-Team is getting results.

Last night we exposed a puppy selling scam that cost a disabled Portland man hundreds of dollars.

[Related: I-Team: Disabled Portland man loses $500 in puppy selling scam, warns others]

Pete Cole is a disabled Portland man in need of a friend to help heal his broken heart.

Cole's pug Gizmo died six months ago from cancer.

When he tried to get another dog, he got wrapped up in an elaborate puppy selling scam, which cost him $500.

"After that scam situation I was so mad I didn't know what to think. I didn't think I was going to get a dog," Cole said Friday.

That's before Angel, a 3-year-old Corgi mix, in need of a home, came into his life.

On Friday, with the help of the I-Team and the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, the two strangers, each in need of something, met and became fast friends.

"There's nothing like the companionship of an animal. When we heard what Pete went through we thought it was really important to help find him a new companion to feel that love and affection again," Jeana Roth with the Animal Refuge League said.

After some paperwork and an adoption counseling session, Pete and Angel were on on their way.

"It changes your mind on the human side of people. When I got scammed I thought everyone out there ripping everyone off. This brings back happiness to mankind," Cole said.

**Our thanks to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and the other animal rescue groups who worked to find him a dog.

Angel was one of about two dozen dogs the Animal Refuge League brought up from Puerto Rico.

Most of those dogs are now adopted, but there are others still looking for a home.

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