Family abandons dog on side of road when they move; photo goes viral

Family abandons dog on side of road when they move; photo goes viral

A heartbreaking picture of a 3-year-old pit bull caught the attention of message boards on the internet and was shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook.

The photo, taken by a neighbor, shows what appears to be an abandoned dog on an abandoned couch near 43rd Avenue and Cactus Road.

ABC15 spoke with the neighbor who told us that a moving van had been at the home on Wednesday. After arriving home from work on Thursday, she noticed the dog on the couch.

She says the new family in the home told them the dog had been there all day, but that they were not his owners.

“I guess the old owners had left him there,” the neighbor, who prefers to remain anonymous, told ABC15.

She attempted to find a rescue or foster, but ended up calling Maricopa County Animal Control. Officials went out on Thursday evening to get the dog.

The dog has since been transferred to the Arizona Humane Society, but in the past couple of days, animal control has been swamped with calls from people who have seen this picture and would like to help the dog.

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