Answers Sought After Someone Broke Into Shelter And Abandoned Dog

Answers are being sought after someone broke into an animal shelter in Midland County, Michigan, this week and abandoned a dog. According to MLive, surveillance footage at the Humane Society of Midland County shows a man breaking in through a shelter gate and leaving a dog behind early Monday morning.

Beth Wellman, the animal shelter director, explained why information is being sought, “We don’t know if it’s a family pet or a stolen animal. We just would like more information. What’s his name? How old is he? Has he ever been to the vet?”

The dog, a young male beagle mix, has been named “Barley,” by shelter staff. The animal shelter’s Facebook original post about Barley was removed from the shelter’s page shortly after the initial posting – the Humane Society explained why:

We’ve deleted the post due to the fact everyone was hung up on Why this person did this. The fact is we don’t know why. We do know we did not post it so people could argue about it. We do know they broke the law by breaking and entering and abandoning an animal. Attacking us and lingering on why it happened will not help the dog. We would like to find the person obviously because they broke the law but also because we would appreciate more information about this poor dog. He would be a lot more comfortable if someone had only just given us his name.

A reward for information about who abandoned Barley has been offered. The shelter wrote, “A reward is still offered to anyone with legitimate information.”

Information? Please email the shelter at, or call 989-835-1877. Information can also be submitted at the shelter’s Facebook page Humane Society of Midland County.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.