BROOKLYN, Ohio — We're happy to bring you this update on a sad story that so many of you shared on social media.
Two of the three big dogs dumped in the parking lot of a busy shopping center are starting a new phase of their lives in their forever homes.
"When you see dogs running loose you don't assume that they're dumped, but in this situation, it is pretty obvious they were," said Miranda Braude, of Brooklyn and Parma Heights Animal Control.
Earlier this month, three female Mastiff/Cane Corso dogs were left to fend for themselves in the middle of Ridge Park Square shopping center.
"The dogs were well cared for. Unusual to see three dogs of the same breed running loose like this, and it's even more unusual that no one has called trying to claim them," said Braude.
Braude believes the trio is part of a litter.
"Mastiffs can be anywhere between 80-100 lbs," said Braude.
When their owner likely couldn't sell them, Braude speculates they ended up in the parking lot.
"Instead of being responsible, he just booted them out. You can always call Animal Control, you can always call shelters to get that figured out. But he took the easy way out and got rid of them," said Braude.
The dogs' story of being abandoned quickly spread across social media.
"When people hear about dogs being dumped, especially in a community like this, it raises awareness. People want to know what's going on," said Braude.
So far, two of the three dogs have found new homes.
"So many people have called us wanting to adopt, wanting to know what's going on, wanting to foster and I think that's incredible," said Braude.
Braude said they are relying on dozens of tips to help them close in on the pups' owner, who could be facing several charges including animal abandonment which is a first-degree misdemeanor.
"It was a bad day they got dumped, but only gets better from here,” said Braude.
The Brooklyn and Parma Heights Animal Control is still looking for tips.
If you know where these dogs might have come from you can contact Officer Braude at 216-635-4291.