We hate to have to report such horrible news, but hopefully, it will have a happy ending in the end.

This poor dog was found bound to a tree with the words “Free” and “I need a good home” on its fur. And someone used a black marker to write the words on her fur.

It was Shannon Bettencourt who came across the dog in Benicia, California.

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.

Photo: Ilovemydogsomuch.tv
Photo: Ilovemydogsomuch.tv

**UPDATE** The person who owned the dog has come forward to claim she was the original owner!

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