Woman Comes Forward as Owner of Abandoned Dog with “Free” and “I Need a Home” Written on It

The owner of an abandoned dog with the words "free" and "I need a home" written on it in permanent marker found in a Northern California community last week has come forward, police said.

A Yolo County woman on Wednesday drove to the Benicia Police Department and provided photos, veterinarian records and witness testimony to prove that she is the dog's owner.

The woman also told police the dog somehow got out of her yard and has no idea how the pet ended up in Benicia.

Police do not suspect the woman played a part in the dog's abuse and abandonment.

The dog was found on July 3 in downtown Benicia by Shannon Bettencourt, who said the pet was scared and shaking.

"I was heartbroken, it was really sad," Bettencourt said in a previous interview with NBC Bay Area. "Nobody wants to see an animal like that ever."

Bettencourt took the dog home and named her Libby, short for Liberty. She thought it was appropriate since she found Libby the day before the Fourth of July.

Bettencourt had plans to formally adopt Libby this week.

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