MONEE – A dog was found abandoned at a Burger King in Monee, Illinois, on February 27 with a note on his collar that read, “Hi I’m King. I’m a good boy, love to hug & kiss.”
The South Suburban Humane Society (SSHS) reported that initially, it was believed that King’s owner abandoned him, but SSHS discovered that his owner had moved in with her family after “suffering a major medical event” and that one of her relatives left King at the restaurant without her knowledge.
A concerned citizen found King and brought him to the Monee Police Department, who shared his story on social media. The owner eventually came forward, after learning what happened, and expressed her desire to get a place of her own to take care of King. The society explained that she brought all of King’s food, toys, and treats when they met, and they had a tearful conversation together.
SSHS decided to place King in a foster home for a month to give his owner time to get situated for a potential reunion. The society asked the owner if she was willing to accept help from the public, to which she responded that she was a very proud person who was still considering it.
Pet abandonment is illegal and can result in a fine or imprisonment in Illinois. The incident has sparked outrage among animal welfare advocates, who are urging people to be more responsible for their pets and not to abandon them in such a manner.
SSHS is accepting donations to help King’s owner and other animals in need. The society is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, care, and adoption services to animals in the south suburbs of Chicago. The story of King’s abandonment has attracted national attention, and animal lovers have expressed their support and concern for him and his owner.
SSHS is working to help King’s owner and reunite her with him. “When we know, we will certainly let you know!” the shelter said. King is reportedly doing well in his foster home and eagerly awaiting his reunion with his owner.