Santa Fe police are searching for a man suspected of abandoning a dog outside of a Dunkin Donuts and leaving a note.
The man apparently dropped the dog in the parking lot of the Dunkin’ Donuts store on St. Francis Drive before going inside and buying himself a coffee. A note left on the dog said, “I’m free. I’m having babies.”
Surveillance video captured footage of a man opening the door of a van and letting out the dog. The man then went inside the store to order a cup of coffee, police said. The dog followed him to the front door, but when the man returned to his vehicle he left the dog behind.
Santa Fe police write:
“On December 26, 2017 at approximately 07:26 AM City Animal Services received a call stating a man left a dog in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts located at 1085 S. St. Francis.”
“The dog had a note left on it stating ‘I’m free I’m having babies’. Upon Animal Services arrival surveillance footage was provided showing a man in a dark colored Chevy Venture style van. The male opened his door and let the dog out of the vehicle with the note attached to its neck. The man then proceeded to go into Dunkin Donuts and order a cup of coffee. The dog followed the man from the vehicle to the front door of the business but was ignored by the man.”
“Footage was not available of the man driving up to or driving away from the business so a license plate was not obtained. Animal Services would like any help in identifying the man seen in the video.”
“At this time it is unknown if the dog is in fact in early stages of pregnancy or if she is suffering from a uterine infection, she is under the care of licensed veterinarians at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and will be under hold and observation.”
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If identified, the man could face misdemeanor charges of abandonment or neglect of an animal.
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society also updated everyone on the status of the dog on their Facebook page and write:
“We have received a number of inquiries about the dog we took in this week that was rescued outside Dunkin’ Donuts in Santa Fe.
While authorities continue to seek out the person that abandoned her there, we have good news to report.
After a thorough examination by our doctors, she is stable and doing well. We do not yet know whether or not she is pregnant at this time, but we will be monitoring her over the next few days.
She actually participated in one of our playgroups today and did great. She loves people!”
Thankfully, this dog has lots of people concerned for her welfare and she is sure to find a loving home.