Dog marked with 'I need a home' finds one

BENICIA, Calif. — This story is hard to digest for anyone who loves animals, yet it thankfully has a very happy ending. 

A scared, alone, and whimpering dog was found last week in downtown Benicia, California with the words "free" written in black marker on her sides and "I need a home" on her forehead. 

"It's hard to imagine what somebody was thinking when they did that," Shannon Bettencourt told KTVU-TV.

Bettencourt worried if she called police that animal control would be called, so she decided instead to take the dog home. "I'll keep her for the night," she said.

You can probably guess where this is going.

After some serious bonding, she said couldn't part with the dog. She ended up naming her "Libby," short for Liberty, since she was found the day before Fourth of July.

"Somebody just kind of treated her like trash but she ended up being my treasure," she said.

It's remains unknown who dumped the dog or how long she had been there. Bettencourt says she's just grateful for her new companion.

Benicia is located about 36 miles northeast of San Francisco.


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