Grr: Some Bonehead Wrote “Free” on a Dog and Then Dumped Her

Fortunately, the person who found the dog fell in love with her and will give her a new home.


In many parts of the country, people deposit their old, used furniture and the like on public property, tape a “free” sign to it, and back away slowly. If your stuff is halfway decent, you’re in the clear — it’ll be gone by morning. If your stuff is horrible, you should be ashamed — you’re just dumping trash in the street. In any case, the “free” sign attached to crap is an American tradition.

And some Bonehead in Bencia, California, just did that to a dog. Animal abuse? You bet.

Rather than do something, anything, responsible, this Bonehead had some sick fun in the way he or she unloaded an unwanted pet. The dog had the word “free” written in black marker on both sides of her body, with “I need a home” on her forehead.

Luckly, Shannon Bettencourt came across the dog, and Bettencourt is a good person. She found the dog “scared and whimpering” next to a tree outside a Chinese restaurant on First Street in Bencia last Thursday.

“It’s hard to imagine what somebody was thinking when they did that,” she told KTVU.

But rather than call police, Bettencourt had other ideas.

“The first thing I thought was to call the police but then I was like no, they’re going to call animal control,” Bettencourt said. “I didn’t know what could happen from there. I was like no way, I’ll at least keep her for the night.”

One night turned into two, and the rest … well, you know how this ends. She bonded with the dog and decided to keep her, naming her Libby, short for “Liberty,” because she was found the day before the Fourth of July.

“Somebody just kind of treated her like trash but she ended up being my treasure,” Bettencourt said.

The dog is healthy and well-trained. Bettencourt can’t figure out why she was dumped, but she’s glad she and Libby were brought together.

“It was actually kind of a blessing in disguise,” she said, “even though it was very sad to start with.”


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