A poor dog has been abandoned in a park with the words “free” and “good home only” written in permanent ink on her body has been homed.
The lab-mix puppy was found in Yoctangee Park in Ohio,
Sarah Cantrell, office manager and adoption coordinator at the Ross County Humane Society, Ohio said, “We were all kind of shocked. It just seems like a childish thing to do.”
The Chillicothe Police Department was called on May 24 when the dog with the stained fur coat was found and she was brought to Ross County Humane Society. The dog’s owner was charged with cruelty to animals, abandonment, and failure to license
The dog was later named Marvella (meaning miracle) and is well after receiving some TLC from the organization. “She’s healthy and sweet and thankfully did not suffer from heat exposure,” said Cantrell. The dog had been abandoned during the onset of summer but thankfully seemed to be doing okay.
Soon after there was some great news for the sweet dog. “We’ve had a lot of interest in Marvella and yesterday, a family that had put in an application got approved and came and adopted her,” Cantrell said. The woman who was accused of abandoning the poor dog had shared her side of the story with NBC4. According to former owner Kendra Stafford, she had the pup for about three months, until her landlord told her she could not keep it. She was planning to leave the dog in a cage at the park with a note attached, somehow assuming this was a better idea of abandonment.
She said, “I went to my car to go find a piece of tape, couldn’t find a piece of tape. I then got out a permanent marker that wasn’t supposed to be used on my dog. It was just, you know, and I wrote on her.
And I wrote ‘free’ and ‘good home only,’ and then after I did that, I had that cringeworthy moment where I was just like ‘oh my gosh, I messed up, like she looks awful.” she also turned to Craigslist, and other options to get the dog a new home. “I called every shelter in, around the county, like all over Ohio, and they all said that they were full,” she said. “I called the dog warden and she said she couldn’t do anything about it at all.”
The Ross County Humane Society is the county’s only shelter and they told NBC4 that they had not received any information regarding Stafford’s application for the dog. The Ross County Dog Warden also said she had no record of Stafford calling her office. “I regret writing on the dog, and I think that it was a mistake, but it was all good intentions behind it,” former owner Kendra Stafford said.