The owner of a dog found with the sentence “I need a home” scribbled onto the dog’s side with a permanent black marker has stopped forward to claim her pet – and offer an explanation about the fact that her abandoned pup was found with cruel messages written on the dog’s body.
Writes Yahoo! News: “The owner of an abandoned dog that was found with the words ‘Free’ and ‘I Need a Home’ written on it in permanent marker last week has come forward to claim her pet. According to police in Benicia, California, a woman provided photos, veterinarian records and witness testimony to prove that she was the dog's owner.”
The owner, whose name was not released, is from Yolo County, and said that after her dog, named “Libby” by the woman who discovered her, escaped from her yard, she somehow ended up over 60 miles south in Benicia.
Police initially looked to charge the dog’s owner with animal cruelty, but it appears Libby’s owner, who did not say what her dog’s real name was, had nothing to do with the inking.
Fortunately for Libby, after enduring the graffiti written on her, she was found on July 3 by Shannon Bettencourt, who said the pet was tied up to a tree and left near the bar that she works at. The name “Libby,” Bettencourt said, was short for “Liberty,” since she found the dog the day before the Fourth of July. If no one stepped forward, Shannon said she planned to adopt Libby.
“I was heartbroken, it was really sad,” Bettencourt said, adding that Libby was “shaking and scared… Nobody wants to see an animal like that, ever.”
“The first night I let her sleep in the bed with me because I knew she needed something, and she just slept on my stomach the whole night,” Bettencourt said.
“She's super well-trained, and it just doesn't make sense why somebody would dump her,” Bettencourt said. “She was obviously well taken care of. You could have easily found a home for a dog like this if you really gave it half an effort.”
Benicia Police Lt. Michael Greene said: “We don't believe the owner had any involvement in abandoning the dog in our city.”