TOLEDO, Ohio, April 11 (UPI) -- Authorities in Ohio said a man accused of abandoning a litter of puppies in a suitcase is facing charges after leaving his luggage tag on the bag.
Gene Boros, a Toledo Area Humane Society cruelty officer, said the suitcase containing six English bulldog puppies was found with the mother dog standing next to it near a trash bin behind a business on Stickney Avenue April 4, the Toledo Blade reported Wednesday.
The puppies were taken to the Humane Society and Howard Davis, whose name and contact information were on the suitcase's luggage tags, is now facing two misdemeanor counts of abandonment.
Boros said witnesses identified the mother dog as belonging to Davis and said he had been trying to sell the puppies. Davis denied abandoning the canines and told authorities he had given the dogs to someone in Michigan.
John Dinon, executive director of the Toledo Area Humane Society, said Davis will be served with a citation and given a court date to face the charges.