Justice for Abandoned Dog Killed by Car Outside Shelter


Target: Andrew S. Robinson, Lewiston District Attorney

Goal: Punish owner of abandoned dog to the fullest extent of the law.

The owner of a yellow Labrador retriever mix purposefully abandoned her pet outside of an animal shelter in Maine after it was closed. Video surveillance of the woman shows her opening the back door to her van, letting the dog out and simply driving away.

Not only did she leave him outside in the Maine cold, but she left him without any kind of cage or kennel and also left him untied. She mostly likely saw him run after her car, yet she never stopsp. After chasing his owner, the dog was struck by another vehicle and left dead on the side of the road.

This death was unnecessary and avoidable. People that exhibit this type of behavior should not be permitted to adopt pets, because it gives them the opportunity to abuse, neglect or abandon them. By publicly punishing this former owner, she will hopefully learn her lesson and her case will set an example for those that are deliberating similar cruel acts.

The negligent behavior displayed by the owner calls for immediate indictment on animal cruelty charges. By signing this petition, you will be encouraging the district attorney to seek the maximum punishment for the heartless owner.


Dear District Attorney Robinson,

As you are aware, the owner of a Labrador retriever mix drove to an animal shelter after hours and dumped her dog on the doorstep. After grossly disregarding what could happen to her pet, she drove away and the dog followed her car, as any loyal dog would. Later on, this poor dog was found dead, having been fatally hit by a car and left on the side of the road.

This tragic situation could easily have been avoided had the owner dropped her pet off during the shelter’s operating hours. This action shows a complete lack of compassion or sympathy toward animals. That dog likely trusted his owner and felt loyalty toward her, which is why he went running after her when she drove away with him in her rear view mirror.

This kind of behavior warrants a mental evaluation as well as a proper punishment for recklessly abandoning and endangering her pet, whom was her responsibility. I urge you to pursue this case with vigor and seek justice for the pet dog that was so carelessly deserted by his owner. This death was completely and totally unnecessary. Please work to give the owner a proper and full punishment so that in the future we can hope this type of behavior is deterred.


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Photo Credit: Mzelle Laure

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  1. The person who hit the dog and didn’t stop should be held accountable as well. I hope the dog is in a better place now, one not as cruel as this one.

  2. Jaclyn Bisanz says:

    awful! dumping it in the middle of the night when it clearly had no chance of being brought in the shelter?! why couldn’t she wait until the morning??? WHAT A HORRIBLE PERSON.

  3. Neville Bruce says:

    Maybe she was ashamed about abandoning it? I’d like to see a national database for licensing pets, so those who dump seniors at shelters can’t just go straight out and buy a puppy or kitten. On the other hand, would they just dump them somewhere else instead, with less chance, generally, of surviving?

    Should the other driver, by law, have stopped or reported it?

  4. We must STOP abusive & negligent acts against animals — we must STOP irrational, insane, cruel & merciless behavior by individuals who belong NOWHERE NEAR ANIMALS — she should NEVER be allowed to adopt — her punishment & penalties should be severe — NOTE, this idiot is a danger to animals — animal abuse & negligence MUST be taken seriously — society MUST teach that irrational & heartless acts will NOT be accepted — thus, we will have NO REPEATS of such cruelty against animals — this sweet dog DIED needlessly — his next home could’ve been loving but he NEVER got the chance.

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