Driver who abandoned dog in Lewiston identified

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Lewiston police say the person who dropped a dog off at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society has been identified and interviewed. 

Police have not released the name of the driver.

The story of the abandoned dog that was hit and killed by a car Thursday morning has been spreading across social media. We have since learned the dog's name was Abby. 

Officials say Abby was dumped in front of their shelter Monday evening, right after closing.  Abby was found Thursday morning after desperate attempts to locate it. Staff say Abby had been hit by a car near the off ramp of the bridge. Unfortunately, employees say the Abby has passed away. 



"It is heartbreaking," said shelter operations manager Zach Black. "The dogs body language, its tail was wagging, it seemed happy just to be outside and then it was chasing the car almost like when you leave your door, yard your dog may chase your car wanting to be with you."

Officials at the shelter said the owner must have thought employees would see her and bring her inside. Abby was loose for three days before employees found her. 

Police say this case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review and the filing of a formal criminal charge is likely.



The shelter has received an outpouring of support in the form of donations. To help the shelter, click this link here. 



Related story: Abandoned dog hit and killed by car, now shelter is searching for owner




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