A woman claiming to be a 21-year-old single mother of three children under the age of two tells Frank FM (107.5) that she was the person who dumped a dog at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston, Maine on Monday night, Jan. 25, 2016. The dog, a yellow Labrador retriever mix, was later found dead on Thursday at 8 a.m., apparently struck down by a car.
A CCTV video shows a mini van pulling into the parking lot of the animal shelter. The driver gets out and opens the back door. The dog jumps out and the driver then drives off with the dog chasing the van through the parking lot, apparently barking. The police have identified the person and told WCSH6 that they would be filing charges.
The woman claims to have been caring for the dog and not the actual owner. She acquired the dog from her ex-boyfriend’s wife in August. The caretaker also said the dog bit her 19-month-old son. Although she asked the other woman to take the dog back, but the owner refused. The dog then again bit the son twice more. The original owner wouldn’t allow the woman to return the dog, put it down or take it to the animal shelter.
Last Sunday night, the caretaker called the Auburn police, but the officer didn’t want to deal with a vicious dog. The officer also told her that because the dog wasn’t hers, she couldn’t really turn the dog in. Then on Monday, when the woman caretaker came home from work, the dog tried nipping at the woman’s two-month-old twin daughters.
Now, knowing that the dog died after being hit by a car, she wishes she had dropped the dog off at the Auburn police station or at a veterinarian hospital. She didn’t think to knock on the door of the animal shelter because she claimed the lights were off and the building was dark. However, there were actually still staff members there.
According to an interview with Zach Black, operations manager, the shelter had just closed and the lights were still on. They would have been glad to take the dog in. The staff did see the dog which initially wagged its tail, seemingly happy to be out of the car, but its attitude changed when the car drove away. The dog was too frightened and ran away from the shelter employees. This week, the low was 6 degrees Fahrenheit in Lewiston and a high of 44 degrees with snow on the ground.
According to the woman who claims to be the dog’s caretaker, she is waiting for the district attorney to decide what she will be charged with. She cannot afford an attorney. She works 50 hours a week and lives with her father according to the interview.
During the interview, you can hear a dog barking in the background, but the radio show hosts did not ask about that. According to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, the dog’s name was Abby. Already this morning a person in Boston donated $1,000 in her memory. The shelter has started an Abby Fund to provide medical treatment for abandoned pets.
You can contact the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society via its website. The animal shelter is located at 55 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240 and you can call at ( 207) 783-2311 or email using email@example.com. Shelter hours are: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The shelter is closed on Sundays and holidays