RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- A terminally ill girl now has a puppy after her mother tried to buy one from an online ad, but was scammed instead.
Arwyn Hamilton-Traer, 5, cannot see and cannot speak.
"We've watched her slip away a piece at a time in front of our eyes," said her mother, Kim Traer. "She was a healthy child until 2, and now she is completely bedridden."
Traer says her daughter now has a new puppy that will hopefully make life a little more comfortable.
"I put her arms around the puppy, and the puppy just stayed in her arms. And all night long they slept together," said Traer.
Arwyn needs a very small dog to feel comfortable. The plan was to buy her one for her birthday. Traer she found an ad for a Yorkshire terrier teacup on PennySaver.com
, but says she found herself swindled out of nearly $900 in an Internet scam.
"I don't normally consider myself stupid, but because I was so desperate to make this happen for my daughter, I did something against my better judgement."
However, after ABC7's story about the situation aired last week
, the generosity of the community poured in.
There were many offers, including an anonymous donor who stepped forward to buy Arwyn a puppy.
"For somebody to actually gift us with this, I can't even describe it, it's just so overwhelming," said Traer.
So Arwyn, and the whole family, now has a new companion, and Traer says there's a big lesson to be learned in all of this.
"It was very heartwarming to know that there are still good, compassionate people out there. I had lost faith in everybody. It's amazing, our family has had so much heartbreak in the last few years it's incredible," she said.