CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - An abandoned dog now has a forever home after he was found tied to a tree in the middle of the woods in Prince George.
A county official happened to notice Zeus left alone with a bag of dog food beside him and a note saying his owner can no longer afford to care for him.
He was taken to the animal control center, where a Chester woman learned about the situation and decided to adopt him.
"I was at the shelter 30 minutes before they opened," said Katherine Elliott. "There seemed to be a lot of interest, so I wanted to make sure I was there."
She was the first there for the match that seemed to be made in heaven.
"His big ole brown eyes, they just looked at me and said 'I was tied to a tree, don't you want to take me home?'"
And that's what she did. Zeus now has a forever home in Chester with plenty of space to run around and three little children to keep him company.
"It helps that he's young and energetic, and I have very energetic children," said Elliott.
While so much of his past is unknown, the focus is now on his future - with this family vowing to never let him hurt again.
"When I leave, he just sits at the door and looks at me and I just think 'do you think I'm not coming back?'" said Elliott.
Elliott says that will never happen. Many have called Zeus lucky for escaping abandonment, but according to his new owner:
"We're definitely the lucky ones. I don't think we could've asked for a better dog," said Elliott. "It's kind of heartbreaking that someone could, because he's such a wonderful dog, that someone could tie him and walk away."
Prince George Animal Control says if you're having problems with your pet, don't dump it in the woods. Take it to a shelter which can either connect you with resources to take care of your pet or help put it up for adoption.
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