UPDATE: Man who abandoned German Shepherd puppy asked about surrendering it
SALEM — The Salem Police Department is searching for a man they suspect abandoned his dog after he inquired about surrendering it to the MSPCA on January 24.
The man went to the MSPCA to surrender his 8-month-old German Shepherd, named Bentley. He told the MSPCA that he was moving in two weeks and could not take the dog with him, according to police.
The MSPCA gave the unidentified man several different options of how to proceed with giving up the dog, including contacting a German shepherd rescue organization, which staff decided would be a better fit for the dog.
"Frankly, we thought we had a meaningful conversation with the gentleman and he made a decision that was in the best interest in his dog be seeking a breed rescue. Come to find out that he chose to abandon the dog is really disappointing obviously," said MSPCA director Mike Keiley.
The man and the dog left but a few days later Salem police said they received a call from a resident on the Methuen, Mass., line near the MSPCA, who reported a German Shepherd running at-large by his house, hanging out by his back door.
The resident left bedding, food, and water which helped keep the dog around. The dog was finally captured and is now at the Salem Police kennel.
Several employees at the MSPCA identified Bentley as the same German Shepherd that the male subject attempted to surrender.
Keiley said the dog appears to be a purebred.
"We let him know that if he didn't have any luck with that rescue he could always return to us at any point to surrender the dog," Keiley said.
The unidentified man can be seen below with the dog in the MSPCA.