Dog abandoned at Orange City park

How could anyone dump this precious face? That's what happened to 8-year-old Charlotte Wednesday morning. Witnesses reporting that a woman in a recreational vehicle left the Shepard mix at Valentine Park in Orange City.

"People saw her get tied up to the picnic table there and left food and water," Breanna Mott, Foster Care Coordinator, Southeast Volusia Humane Society.

Volusia County Animal Services say the woman drove off. Animal Control was called and turned Charlotte over to the Southeast Volusia Humane Society.

"Charlotte is friendly, she's obviously very scared, she doesn't know what happened to her, so it's going to take some TLC our staff is going to work with her," said Mott.

The Volusia Humane Society says animal abandonment is a serious problem.

"Often times we come in in the morning and there's a dog tied up out front, which is very unfortunate because if it were to get loose, we're not gonna get the dog back,” said Mott, "unfortunately, putting the dog in the park could put the animal in danger of getting out of the park, she could have gotten hit by a car, a kid could have come over and she could have been the kid and we'd have a whole other story right now."

Dumping an animal in Florida is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by a $5,000 fine and possible jail time.

"The best thing for them is to be brought into a local animal shelter," said Mott.

Volusia County Animal Services are still looking for charlotte's owner, if you know anything, call them at 386-248-1790.