Shannon Bettencourt was on her way home from work one day when she stumbled upon a shocking sight. She saw a helpless dog tied to a tree with ‘FREE’ written on its sides, and ‘I NEED A HOME’ written across its forehead. Being an animal lover, the woman flipped out and couldn’t believe that someone could do this to an animal. “She was scared, shaking and kind of whimpering,” Buttencourt told NBC Bay Area. Recently though, we came across new details unveiling that things were not as they seemed.
The kind woman brought the dog back home with her and immediately removed all the writings. She fed the pooch and, for the first time in a while, showed her love. Bettencourt couldn’t help but notice how well-behaved and house trained the dog was.
After providing the dog with everything she needed, the woman turned to social media to try and discover the identity of the person who left such an adorable dog with ‘free’ written all over him. Hours of Facebook investigations didn’t bring the woman any closer to uncovering the mystery, so Bettencourt and her fiance decided to keep the dog. They symbolically named her Libby, short for Liberty, since they’ve found her a day before the 4th of July.
Over the next few weeks, Bettencourt fell in love with the dog’s peaceful and calm personality. She gave an interview to NBC Bay Area and told the story of how she found the dog, not knowing that things were about to take a surprising turn.
A woman from Yolo county, roughly 60 miles away from where the dog was found, saw the news story, and came forward as the dog’s owner. The woman provided the police with testimonies, pictures, and medical records that prove, beyond any doubt, that the dog is truly hers.
As it appears, the dog somehow escaped and amazingly made its way to Benicia, 60 miles away from its home. As the police had no suspicions that the woman had anything to do with the dog’s abuse, they ordered Bettencourt to return the doggo to its rightful owner.
Although it’s heartbreaking to learn that Bettencourt had to part ways with the pooch, after all the love and care she gave her, we’re still glad to hear that the dog got her (somewhat bittersweet) happy end.
Watch NBC Bay Area’s news report with Bettencourt, that led the dog’s owner to come forward:
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