Abandoned dog finds forever home after possibly being thrown from vehicle

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KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – No one knows what Sundance’s story really is, but Duplin County officials said it could be a possible case of animal cruelty.

The dog may have been thrown from a moving vehicle on Sunday and, while his past may be dark, his future is looking bright.

Officials said Sundance was found along a stretch of Interstate 40 near exit 373 in Magnolia. Now, he’s being cared for at the Duplin County Animal Shelter, waiting to go home with his new owners.

The woman who found the two-year-old German Shepard him told officers he appeared lost, timid and possibly hurt.

“They felt like the dog had been thrown out. However, there was no vehicle, no information supporting that theory so we brought him on here to the shelter and she went on and started advertising for us,” said Duplin County Animal Control Officer James Blackmore.

After the shelter’s ad appeared on Facebook, phone lines began ringing from people looking to give the German Shepherd a forever home.

“I knew just as soon as I saw him I wanted him,” said his new parents, Victoria and Donnie Batts. While Sundance’s story has traveled up and down the East Coast, the Batts’, who live in Kenansville, stepped forward to adopt him. “It is a privilege to have him, he’s a great dog.”

Donnie Batts said, as a local police officer, he’s disappointed there are folks out there that would do such a cruel thing, “If you’re going to own a dog you should take care of the dog and own up to it. It’s not a right to have a dog, it’s a privilege and they deserve a good life as well as a human being.”

Blackmore said he has a warning for those who continue to neglect animals in his county, “If people are doing it and they do it in this county and we catch them we are going to charge them, we’re going to do everything we can for the animal.”

Shelter officials said Sundance is expected to go home Thursday morning with his new owners after the state mandated 72-hour waiting period is over.

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