It's a heart-warming tale that rather restores your faith in humanity. But it began rather inauspiciously. The story started on a really dark and stormy night - a typhoon was approaching and the No8 warning was about to be issued - when Sarah Rippetoe (pictured right) hopped in her car and drove to the top of The Peak. Under thick, low clouds and pouring rain, she climbed over four-metre fences to reach Luna, a black puppy (centre) kept alone in a small crate outside a hut. She left behind a note with her contact details and took the little guy home. 'Luna was being kept on The Peak by a person [a gardener] who clearly loved her, but her living conditions were not adequate as she was kept in a small crate and her owner was unable to afford adequate veterinary care,' said Rippetoe's neighbour, Colleen Scibetta (centre), who has now adopted Luna. 'As he [the gardener] did not live on The Peak, Luna was left for long periods on her own. My friend Kate Green (left) came across Luna and was concerned with her living conditions. She would often visit and ask to walk her and socialise with her.' The friends were agonising over how to improve the pup's conditions when nature intervened. 'One night, during a terrible storm, my neighbour Sarah worried about Luna up there on The Peak,' Scibetta said. 'She [Rippetoe] got her out of the storm and brought Luna home - and I took her the next day.' Rippetoe wanted to keep Luna, but she already had two dogs. 'The first one, I told my husband I was only keeping her for a day, so he wasn't going to fall for that again,' she said. 'He would have divorced me if I kept another one.' It turned out the trio's rescue came in the nick of time. A week more and Luna could have been dead. 'She had a serious case of tick fever - the reason she was so quiet,' Scibetta said. 'The vet said if she hadn't gotten antibiotics she may not have lived another week.' Today, Luna has an adopted sister Mini, also a mutt. They are living happily ever after with Scibetta's family, but Luna is ferocious with another neighbour's chihuahua. Rippetoe can't keep any more dogs and so has been volunteering with Hong Kong Dog Rescue.