Kendra Stafford, the lady who wrote on her pup, came forward to present her side of the story.
A puppy who was abandoned in a park with the words “free” and “good home only” written with permanent ink on her body has finally found her forever home. This Lab-mix pup was found in Yoctangee Park, with the words written across her body. Sarah Cantrell, office manager and adoption coordinator at the Ross County Humane Society, Ohio said, “We were all kind of shocked. It just seems like a childish thing to do.” The Chillicothe Police Department received a call on May 24 when the abandoned puppy was found and she was then taken to Ross County Humane Society. According to Today, the dog's (former) owner was charged with abandonment, cruelty to animals, and failure to license.
The puppy was re-christened and is now known as Marvella, it means a miracle. She is now doing well after receiving love and care from the organization. “She’s healthy and sweet and thankfully did not suffer from heat exposure,” said Cantrell. The dog was abandoned during the onset of summer, but she seemed to be doing okay thankfully. Then, some great news was in store for Marvella.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in Marvella and yesterday, a family that had put in an application got approved and came and adopted her," Cantrell said. However, the woman who abandoned the dog after writing messages on her has shared her side of the story, according to NBC4. Kendra Stafford, the former owner of the puppy, said she had the pup for about three months until her landlord told her she could not keep it.
She said she was planning on leaving the dog at the park in a cage with a note attached to the cage, but she later decided that this was a better idea. She said, “I went to my car to go find a piece of tape, couldn’t find a piece of tape. I then got out a permanent marker that wasn’t supposed to be used on my dog. It was just, you know, and I wrote on her. And I wrote ‘free’ and ‘good home only,’ and then after I did that, I had that cringeworthy moment where I was just like ‘oh my gosh, I messed up, like she looks awful.”
She added that she also turned to Craigslist, and other options to get the dog a new home. “I called every shelter in, around the county, like all over Ohio, and they all said that they were full,” she said. “I called the dog warden and she said she couldn’t do anything about it at all.” The Ross County Humane Society is the county’s only shelter and they revealed that they had not received any information regarding Stafford's application for the dog.
AWFUL! A dog was found abandoned in her kennel in a Ross County park, with writing all over her body.— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) May 26, 2018
The words written on her include, "FREE," and "GOOD HOME ONLY." All in permanent marker.
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The Ross County Dog Warden confirmed that she had no record of Stafford calling her office. “I regret writing on the dog, and I think that it was a mistake, but it was all good intentions behind it,” former owner Kendra Stafford said. The shelter says that while Marvella has found a forever home, there are other dogs in the shelter that could use some help, too. "We are nonprofit and typically spend $278 on each dog that comes in here,” said Cantrell. “Adoption fees range from $130-$200.” Their website has more information for those who are interested.