Dog abandoned with 'Free' written on her body reunited with owner

A dog that was found outside a Los Angeles Chinese restaurant with "FREE" and "I need a home" written on her side and forehead has been reunited with her owner.

According to the Los Angeles Times , the dog was reportedly taken in by a woman who found her on the street with the words written on her side and head in black marker.

The dog was found "scared, shaking and kind of whimpering," the woman said, according to Yahoo , so she knew she had to take her home and make an attempt to find her owner.

Photos of the dog went viral on the Internet and were shown on news broadcasts, which is where the dog's owner saw her and realized where she was.

According to the LA Times, the woman said the dog went missing or was stolen in late June while she was having a yard sale at her home. She doesn't know who abandoned the dog or how the dog got about 50 miles from her home to where she was located by her rescuer.

The owner reportedly went to police to claim her dog and showed photos and medical records to prove ownership, LA Times says.

Police have considered charging the owner with animal cruelty, but they now believe she was not involved in the abandonment, Yahoo reports.

"The owner was very happy (when she claimed her dog)," Benicia Police Department Lt. Mike Greene said, according to the the LA times. "It was obvious the owner cared for the dog."

The woman who cared for the dog was heartbroken about giving her up because she had grown attached to it, the newspaper reported.

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