Recently, a family in Gwinnett County, Georgia, made a hasty exit from their rental home and left behind multiple personal items. Amazingly (disturbingly!) among the “stuff” that was left inside of the home was the family’s puppy. The tenants left toys, clothes, and other miscellaneous belongings inside of the house, but they failed to leave their abandoned puppy any food or water.
Fortunately, there is a happily-ever-after for this forgotten pup. A deputy with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office discovered the (very hungry!) puppy when he went to deliver an eviction notice to the house on Hickory Ridge Trail in Lilburn on May 26th.
Deputy Kyle Knortz found the shepherd mix puppy (dubbed Klaus) doing his utmost inside of the house to survive – in fact, out of desperation, the starving puppy had resorted to eating scraps of clothing which had been left behind. Neighbors stated that nobody had seen anyone living at the house for a week or two – it was a miracle that little Klaus was still alive.
Klaus no longer has to worry about his next meal, or who will take care of him. On June 7, the Sheriff’s Office made a special announcement about Klaus’ new family:
The good news is that as soon as Deputy Knortz laid eyes on this puppy, he knew that he would take him home. He advised the responding Animal Control officer that he was going to adopt this puppy if no one claimed him. No one did.
The Knortz family waited the mandatory ten days to pick up their new fur baby and today was the big day.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that anyone will be made to answer for their cruel abandonment of Klaus. According to CBS 46 News, since the puppy didn’t die, Gwinnett County Animal Welfare has no plans to pursue animal cruelty charges against his former owners.
(Images via CBS News and Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office)
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