Family Moved Away And Left Puppy Inside Of House – Police Officer To The Rescue

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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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.


  1. sondra says:

    Thank you officer for adopting this baby ..Much live love to you both ..You’ve made a friend for life that will always love you.

  2. Joyce says:

    That’s Georgia for ya. Honestly, I’m surprised Animal Control didn’t demand the dog, and then kill him. They do crap like that all the time. This will NOT change until the people demand that animals be considered sentient beings, thus giving them rights instead of being considered property. Then they would have to take this seriously.

  3. We Want Change for Animals says:

    States each have their own animal cruelty laws. I have yet to see where not providing food and water is not considered animal cruelty!

    Lucky for this puppy to be found in time to be alive. Starvation is the utmost cruel way to die and these people need to be charged with animal cruelty!

    Gwinnett County Animal Welfare needs to be accountable and enforce the Law! So, the next puppy, dog left behind does not suffer the same! Laws are made to be enforced… for all!

  4. JERRY EDELMAN says:

    I simply do NOT understand the former owners NOT being held accountable. This sends such a bad message to people that abuse their pets. Why do we have animal cruelty laws on the books if we don’t enforce them??

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