Brimfield police would like to talk to the owner of a young female puppy found in a box along Tallmadge Road on Saturday.
Chief David Oliver said a citizen passing by saw the box and found the seven- to eight-week-old blond puppy inside.
"The dog is deaf, and that's not a good place for the dog to be," Oliver said. He said the dog could have tipped the box over and walked out on the busy highway. "Natural predators or the 3,000-pound predator could have gotten him pretty quick," Oliver said.
Oliver said he didn't think much of the character of the person who dumped the pup.
"Somebody either bought it or was given the dog. They subsequently found out the dog was deaf and decided to dump it."
If the person who dumped the pup is found, Oliver said charges could be brought.
"I think we could talk to the prosecutor's office. There could be cruelty to animals charges -- I think it's appropriate. We have a pretty solid history of taking action when we can on animal cruelty cases," Oliver said.
"There's so many places would take the dog, as evidenced by the hundreds of posts we got," he said.
Oliver's Facebook post brought dozens of offers to adopt the animal among 232 replies to Oliver's original post on the department site, which has more than 26,000 followers.
"We know many of you expressed interest in adopting the puppy. One of a Kind is stepped up to assist us and we thank them, greatly. If the interest is still there, give them a call," Oliver said in a Facebook update on Monday.
The puppy has been placed at One of Kind Pet Rescue in Akron. Call them at 330-865-6200. Their website is www.oneofakindpets.com. When the puppy is old enough, she will be spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and dewormed prior to adoption.
It wasn't the only dog case the department had this weekend. A second lost dog was turned in Sunday. On Monday morning, the dog was reunited with its owner after a friend spotted its photo on the Brimfield PD Facebook page.
Oliver said the Facebook page is proving valuable for the department. The site has topped 26,000 "likes" in a very short time.
"It was designed to have a conversation with our residents, let them know what's going on, and they shared it," Oliver said. And it's not just locals. Some posters don't know where Brimfield, Ohio is.
"I get email from all over the world. People have used Google translate to talk to me in email, they don't speak English," he said.
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