Driver Who Abandoned Dog in Lewiston, Maine Identified by Authorities

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
January 29, 2016 Updated: January 29, 2016

The driver who dropped a dog off at a humane society in Maine after it closed has been identified.

The dog ultimately died after being struck by a car.

The driver hasn’t been identified by name or gender, but the Lewiston Police Department said in a statement that they have figured out who it was and sent the information to the District Attorney’s Office.

It is heartbreaking.
— Zach Black, Shelter operations manager

After a review, a formal charge will likely be filed.

“We received several tips from the public as a result of the publicity in this case and we appreciate all of the assistance and information received,” the department said.

The canine was dumped in front of the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society on Monday evening, after it had closed.

“It is heartbreaking,” shelter operations manager Zach Black told WCSH. “The dog’s 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.”

The shelter had closed a few minutes prior and people were still inside. They saw the dog as they were leaving but it fled.

“A knock on our door or catching us at the back of our facility could have had a much better outcome for this dog,” Black told WGME

“This dog could have been brought to our facility in the proper way, and eventually found a new home, instead we have a sad outcome like this, and now we’d just like to find justice for this dog.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.