Dog abandoned in Barrington finds a new home


The dog left chained to a guardrail in Haines Park during a drenching rain storm has found a new home.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross reported earlier this week that the dog, a white husky-mix, has been adopted by a person in Warwick. The news marks the latest chapter in the month-long ordeal.

On Sunday night, March 30 at about 7:30 p.m., a woman walking her own dog in the park came upon the husky, which had been chained to the guardrail. It was raining hard and the temperature hovered just above freezing.

The woman noticed that there was a plastic bag tied to the dog's collar and a note inside the bag. The note stated that the unidentified owner "could not keep the dog" and that the dog would nip at children.

The woman called police who responded to Haines Park and picked up the dog. Officers brought the dog back to the station; they said the dog was friendly and showed no sign of aggression. An officer later transported the husky to the animal shelter in East Providence where it remained for almost a month while police searched for its original owner.

Barrington officers posted signs across the East Bay and shared information with media outlets. Police were reportedly considering filing animal cruelty charges against the individual.

"If they're having a problem call our dog officer and she will give you guidance on different options," said Chief LaCross during a prior interview. "You don't just leave a dog helpless on a chain during inclement weather."

People with information about the dog or its original owner should call the police department's confidential tip line at 437-3933.


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