Sheriff’s pilot adopts dog abandoned in crate outside Tampa gas station

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A young dog that was found abandoned in a crate outside a gas station has a new home for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a gas station in north Tampa around 7:30 Wednesday morning after a citizen found a dog in a crate.

Responding deputies say the dog was stuffed in a crate next to a propane tank refilling site. They say it appeared that the crate had been his living quarters for a while.

According to the sheriff’s office, no one witnessed the dog being abandoned.

The dog is estimated to be about a year old. Deputies say he was thirsty when he was let out of the crate and lapped up two bowls of water, but was good-natured and was wagging his tail.

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, a sheriff’s pilot who heard about the incident quickly offered to have the dog join his family.

“I saw him this morning at the hangar, and I gave him a bath and I brushed him and I toweled him down, so when my wife picked him up he’d be nice and pretty,” said Sheriff’s Pilot Manny Feller.

“I called my wife and showed her the picture and at that time she said, ‘yeah, sure, we’ll give it a try.'”

Dana Feller said the couple has a baby and another puppy, so she was a little hesitant.

“…but you have to give a dog a home. You can’t leave them abandoned and we do have room for him,” she said.

Feller speculated on why the previous owners left him in the crate, saying they owners probably didn’t think he would grow to be so big and rambunctious.

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