Updated 11/27/2012 02:52 PM
Authorities Say Man Has Come Forward Claiming He Owns Abandoned Bulldog
Lollypop Farm says a man has come forward saying he's the owner of Pierre, the dog found Sunday night in the garbage at the Petco in Pittsford.
The French Bulldog was being cared for by members of Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets, or GRASP, but was turned over to Lollypop Farm on Tuesday.
According to GRASP, the man said he lost the dog on Halloween.
Veterinarians are examining Pierre, who was found malnourished and suffering from dehydration.
Lollypop is investigating and says for now, the dog will remain in its custody.
It's an amazing outpouring of support for a dog found abandoned in a garbage bag. Pierre the French Bulldog has captured the hearts of the Rochester-area, just a day after he was found left alone, in the Petco bathroom in Pittsford. YNN's Geoff Redick reports.
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He doesn't whine. He doesn't bark.
"He snorts a lot and snores, and makes all kinds of noises,” said Karla Barkley, GRASP.
But the story of Pierre the French Bulldog, is speaking volumes across the country.
"We have had a lot of people interested in fostering or adopting,” Barkley said. “Someone wants to try to find a way to get him to Florida."
Abandoned Sunday night in a garbage bag at Petco.
"Unattended in a bag that he had vomited in, gone to the bathroom in."
Pierre is now suffering dehydration, malnutrition, skin irritations and more. It’s proof that a dog's life, isn't always a walk in the park.
"There's not enough awareness, and we need to bring the awareness out."
Karla Barkley is a member of the group "Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets" - GRASP, for short.
"We have dealt with cases like this in the past."
In fact, "GRASP" has had to find homes for nearly 300 stray and neglected animals, just this year. Dozens more are on a waiting list on their website.
Pierre is only the newest candidate: a four- to six-year-old French bulldog, with one of those faces only a mother could love.
"He's wonderful, he's very calm, he's very loving. He loves the attention,” said Sue Zukowski, GRASP volunteer.
Humane Society investigators visited Petco in Pittsford Monday afternoon, where Pierre was found. The Society tells YNN that pet abandonment is a crime, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
But justice will run its course. The focus now is healing Pierre.
"That's the number one priority right now. And then once his health is better, we will start the process of finding him a forever home."
And some forever love, to go along with it.