Humane Society seeks ID of woman who abandoned dog at shelter; Vets concerned with health of puppies

DAYTON — Humane Society of Greater Dayton officials are asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who abandoned a dog at the organization’s shelter Wednesday.

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The woman abandoned a female pit bull at the Dayton shelter around 8 a.m. Wednesday, shelter officials said in a media release. Veterinarians treating the dog believe she recently gave birth to puppies and vets are concerned for the health of the other dogs.

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“Unless, the family is currently bottle feeding these puppies, we are worried that without their mother they are not getting the proper nutrition and care they need. We want to help with this situation to ensure both the mother and the puppies remain healthy and safe,” the shelter spokesperson said in the media release.

Humane society officials said while its illegal to abandon a dog in this way, they are not seeking the woman for potential prosecution, and are more concerned about the health of the puppies.

“After reviewing the camera footage it is clear that she was upset with the situation she was in and we believe she was trying to do the right thing, but went about it the wrong way. We do not want to villainize this woman, we are more concerned for the wellbeing of the puppies at this time,” Brian Weltge, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton said in the release.

In security camera footage, the woman appears to be driving a gold Honda Accord, between the 2007 and 2012 model years.

If you have information that can help investigators you’re asked to contact the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s humane agent at 937-262-8091.

Shelter officials said there are official ways to surrender animals, but people wishing to do it must go through proper channels. Questions about the humane society’s intake processes can be found on their website or by calling 937-268-7387.

We’ll update this story as we learn more.