MONEE, Ill. — It was a tearful reunion for King and his owner.
Officials in a south Chicago suburb on Monday were able to reunite a “sweet doggy” with its owner after the 4-year-old canine was left at a Burger King late last month with a note attached to his collar, WMAQ-TV reported.
“I’m King, I’m a good boy. Love to hug and kiss,” the note said, according to a Facebook post by the Village of Monee Police Department.
The department wrote that the note “broke our hearts” and they worked toward finding the owner or someone who might want to adopt King, WMAQ reported. The South Suburban Humane Society took care of King as living arrangements were sought.
According to police, the dog’s owner visited the shelter and told officials she had “happened upon hard times.”
“They knew he would be well taken care of at our PD so they attached the note and had someone bring him into the station,” police wrote in a Facebook post. “He was never placed in danger. Based on these circumstances it was decided between us and (South Suburban Humane Society) that we should try to keep King with his owner because the love between them was very evident!!!”
The South Suburban Humane Society wrote in a social media post last week that the pet’s owner had suffered a “major medical event” and did not realize that a family member had taken the dog.
“She had moved in with family and has been trying to get back on her feet,” the shelter wrote. “Her family member abandoned King without her knowledge and she is devastated. She brought all of his food, toys, treats, and we had a tearful conversation together.”
The humane society said it will give the dog’s owner a timeline to change her living situation, and if that is achieved she will be able to keep her pet. If not, King will be put up for adoption, police said.