Humane Society: Man fabricated story about dog in trash bag in Omaha

Published On: Jul 01 2013 07:14:24 AM HST
OMAHA, Neb. -

Investigators with the Nebraska Humane Society said a man who claimed to have retrieved a small dog from the garbage at an Omaha car wash made up the story.

On Friday, a news release from the humane society stated that a man brought the dog in after finding him tied up in a garbage bag while he was cleaning out his car.

NHS officials said the story, which was covered by local media and spread online, generated donations from as far away as Australia.

Officials said the man who claimed to have found the dog, identified as Kenneth L. Harrison, 28, admitted on Saturday to NHS investigators that he had fabricated the story.

Officials were tipped off to the phony story after someone called to say Harrison and his girlfriend are the owners of the dog in question.

The humane society said Harrison was having house training issues with the dog and made up the story because he was afraid he'd have to pay fees and a fine for surrendering the dog since it wasn't licensed.

Harrison has been cited on suspicion of violating an Omaha city ordinance, which makes it unlawful to lie to the Nebraska Humane Society about how a person comes into possession of an animal.

The humane society said there are no fees associated with surrendering a dog; however, a small donation is encouraged.

Officials said anyone who made a donation to NHS based on the fake story will be contacted and offered a return.

The Humane Society said the dog was never subjected to being tied up in a plastic bag or placed in the garbage.


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