Dog Abandoned with ‘FREE’ Written on Her Fur

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LibbyIt’s a sad fact, dogs are abandoned every day. But, not usually in the shocking manner that this sweet girl was left.

Shannon Bettencourt was walking in downtown Benicia, California on July 3 when she spotted a dog, scared and whimpering next to a tree outside of a Chinese restaurant. The frightened dog had ‘FREE’ scrawled across her sides in black magic marker and the words ‘I need a home’ scribbled on her forehead.

“The first thing I thought was to call the police but then I was like no, they’re going to call animal control,” Bettencourt explained to KTVU News. “I didn’t know what could happen from there. I was like no way, I’ll at least keep her for the night.”

One night was all Bettencourt needed to fall in love with the sweet old girl.

“Somebody just kind of treated her like trash but she ended up being my treasure,” Bettencourt told reporters.

She decided to keep her and named her Libby, short for Liberty since she was found so close to Independence Day. Bettencourt says Libby is very smart, well-behaved, and clearly has had some training, making it even more shocking that someone would abandon her so carelessly.

As sad as her story started, Bettencourt says that finding Libby was a blessing. She’ll spend the rest of her days being loved by her new forever family.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Everything happens for a reason….glad that the previous owner left Libby to be found by a kind and gentle person like Shannon , its better off that way…. the dog would have had a miserable life with her original owner anyway! Anybody that writes “FREE” on a dog , in black marker , is an unfit animal parent anyway!!!!!!!!!

  2. What a lucky night for both dog and human! Susan, you are an angel. I wish you and Libby the best the world has to offer! <3 As for the person who left her, we don't know the circumstances, but at least she found a happy home :)

  3. God bless Shannon, what an incredible heart she has! So happy to hear that they found each other and that Libby will have a happy and loving life now. The people that abandoned her are despicable and I wish people would not get pets if they can’t care for them. Thank goodness this had a happy ending! :)

  4. What an awesome, heart whelming story! Thank you for finding each other. Need more real life amazing stories like this.

  5. I’m animal lover an d people call me libby , en is a honor to me the che have my name, Gog are angels camen fron Heven to help as….

  6. That is so sad. How could any one just leave their dog.
    Thank God this sweet woman took her home. Looks like it was meant to be.
    A beautiful ending.

  7. SO SAD THAT SOMEONE ABANDONED THIS SWEETHEART BUT GLAD IT ENDED ON A GOOD NOTE! IT WAS A BLESSING THAT SHANNON FOUND HER OR RATHER THAT LIBBY FOUND SHANNON! LOL HAVE A HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER AND THANKS FOR CHANGING THIS DOG’S LIFE…

    • I pray that her owner was really good to her since she is back with the owner now. Shannon I pray that you continue to investigate this story because the police sometimes just say anything to make us feel at ease. I am a animal lover and just because they can’t talk doesn’t mean that they should be treated badly or differently. They have feelings just like us and deserve to be treated good!

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