Someone wrote free on abandoned dog

Woman who wrote ‘free’ on dog with magic marker offers explanation

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The Chillicothe, Ohio woman responsible for abandoning a young Labrador retriever puppy at Yoctangee Park after writing “free” on the dog’s side and head with magic marker, is defending her actions and has offered an explanation.

According to NbcNews, the dog’s former owner, Kendra Stafford, stated she loved her pup but her landlord had ordered her to get rid of the dog. She said she contacted animal shelters, but all were full. The Ross County Humane Society, however stated Stafford had never contacted them, and they are the only shelter in the county. There was no record of Stafford ever calling nor any record that she ever filled out a surrender application.

Stafford admitted she had planned to take the puppy to the park in a crate with a sign attached and to leave her there hoping that the adorable pooch would find a good home. When she went back to her car to find a piece of tape, she found the magic marker and wrote “free” and “good home only” along the pup’s side and on top of her head. She admitted it was a bad idea.

“I knew with everything inside of me that she would find a good home and that’s exactly what happened,” Stafford said.

Photos of the dog sparked outrage across the country followed by a ton of offers to adopt her. More than 30 applications flooded in from across the country to the Ross County Humane Society that cared for the dog they named Marvela.

Last week Marvela was adopted. Stafford has been charged with animal cruelty, abandoning an animal and failure to license a dog.

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8 replies
  1. Cynthia Como says:

    Kendra Stafford u are a liar! U do not deserve to ever own a pet of any kind. I hope they give u the highest fine possible because I know u won’t get the jail time u so richly deserve! The best thing to come out of this situation is that Marvela is not with u anymore and will have the life she deserves!! U are such a nasty uncaring liar!!!

  2. maxiemom says:

    Right. Given the animal abuse in Ohio, that puppy could very EASILY have ended up in the hands of dog fighters and or animal abusers, and the only people who would have ever know there had been a puppy left there would have been the disgraceful POS who abandoned her and the monsters who found her!

    Her excuse is just as silly as this ‘woman’ is vile.

    I won’t say what I think should be done to her because people like her always say ‘I’m being threatened’, even though I live far enough away and am civilized enough that I can’t do to her what everything in me would LOVE to see done to this worthless scumbag.

    Nevertheless, I hope she gets the absolute MAXIMUM amount of time in prison. No excuse for letting her off with a slap on the wrist! She’s a lying SOS who didn’t give a rat’s a** what happened to her innocent puppy.

    If karma follows her the rest of her days, that’s the LEAST she deserves.

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    “She admitted it was a bad idea” REALLY? YOU THINK? I’m sorry she can try to explain away her actions but they were irresponsible and disgusting. She deserves any shaming and charges she receives! There are other ways to find a pup a home and this one was one of the WORST ideas she could have come up with!

  4. Marni Montanez says:

    What kind of an explanation is that??She didn’t give a reason. She saw a marker and wrote on her dog and left the dog vulnerable to anyone or anything. that is wrong and despicable. She needs to answer for animal cruelty and abandonment.

  5. J. Martin says:

    She tried calling various rescues? BULL SHIT!!! Write across her forehead and on her cheeks.
    “DUMB CUNT” Free to good home .. actually BRAND it on with a hot iron


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