The Evans, N.Y., police have identified the owner of an abandoned, injured puppy who was supposedly dumped alongside a road earlier this week, reported Saturday's WKBW News.
Media coverage in the area provided the authorities with crucial clues which ultimately led to the puppy's true owner - William Montroy Jr., as well as to the true story.
After questioning by police, Montroy admitted that he had stepped on his puppy's leg, causing an injury. Police were initially under the belief that someone had dumped the pup off on Holland Road - leaving him to fend for himself.
The original story was that a hunter had found the injured pup and brought him in for help.
Police who questioned Montroy later determined that the entire story was a ruse and the puppy's owner was actually the same individual who brought the pup in to the police department.
According to WIVB News, Montroy released the following statement about his actions last Tuesday:
"I stepped on the puppy by accident during the early morning. I panicked and called the vets to ask about what it would cost for a visit for the dog. The price just for the visit alone was far to much for me to pay on my own. I then contacted my dad about what to do about the puppy's injury because the vet would not accept a payment plan and I was denied the carecredit card that the vet accepted.
My father and I decided in a panic that the only apparent option at the time while I was unaware of options from donation groups that assist in payments of vet care, was to tell the Evans Police that I found the dog and that it was in need of medical care and surrendered the dog.
I apologize for the story and for my actions but I just wanted the dog to be taken care of because I nor my family had any means to pay for the vet bills of that magnatude and didn't want the puppy to be enthanized. I am currently unemployed and didn't know of any other options at the time of the incident. I truly hope the public can see the goodness of my heart behind this story and forgive me for what I did. I am truly sorry"
Montroy is not yet facing any charges and the puppy already has a new home.
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