Animal Friends gives update after dog reportedly abandoned at Pittsburgh International Airport

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — Animal Friends has given an update on the dog who was allegedly abandoned at Pittsburgh International Airport.

>>> Charges expected after owner abandoned dog at Pittsburgh International Airport, county police say

“Our Humane Society Police Officers are actively investigating this case in conjunction with the Allegheny County Police. We are unfortunately unable to share specifics of the dog or the situation. We expect the dog to be moved to an experienced foster home for the duration of his stay with us,” the shelter said in a news release.

The shelter, located in Pittsburgh, said they have received a lot of interest in adopting the dog, but he is not available at this time.

The dog’s tale captured the hearts of so many people that it went viral, reaching as far as Africa.

“The public is amazing,” said Patty Maurer, the chief development & communications officer for Animal Friends. “There are certain stories that trigger your heart, and this was one of those.”

For the last week, the rescue shelter has been caring for the 7-year-old dog.

Allegheny County Police said the dog’s owner abandoned him at the airport after she was told she didn’t have the right carrier for the dog. Police said the owner left the dog in a baby stroller with food and water as she continued to a resort destination.

Channel 11 spoke with investigators when they discovered him on Friday.

“He was very gentle, and he was in good health,” said Sgt. Jason Donaldson with Allegheny County Police.

“We have been inundated with caring people in our community — and across the nation — who, upon hearing about this case, have offered to adopt this little dog,” Animal Friends said. “We are grateful for the interest and compassion, but for now we are focused on moving this case forward and ensuring the dog receives the justice he deserves. The outcome of the case will determine his next steps and his final home.”

Animal Friends wants people to know the dog is getting lots of love from the shelter.

“If there’s any light to be had from a situation like this, it’s that it does create awareness about abandoned animals and animals in need of rescue,” Maurer said.

Animal Friends said it has plenty of dogs, cats and even some rabbits up for adoption.

The owner, meantime, could face charges for animal abandonment.

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