A Nashville animal rescue group rescued a dog on Wednesday night that had been abandoned by his owners when they recently moved. The dog's previous owners left behind a note on their former residence located on Berry Street that read, "Moved. Can't take dog." The note also included an invalid telephone number."I've lived next door for a year and a half and he's been chained for that amount of time," said neighbor Shauna Beals.Beals told Nashville's News 2 was not surprised the dog was left behind. "We knew that the neighbors were leaving and we knew that we have to make sure that they take the dog," she said. "And I came in and there was the note on the door saying they can't take him."According to neighbors, Pepe's owners checked on the dog in the days following the move, but left little more than bread and water.Metro Animal Control was also aware of the situation. Officers came to the home on Tuesday. They left food and water and a warning on the door. The owners were given 24 hours to dispute claims of abandonment and avoid a citation of cruelty or neglect. Beals said she used Facebook to rally the east Nashville community to find a home for Pepe. The posting eventually made its way to Don Nolting, a volunteer at East CAN. "I showed up this morning and got the ball rolling, talked to Metro Animal Control. They gave us another 24 hours," he said.East CAN is an organization based in east Nashville dedicated to animal welfare and responsible pet ownership. The group provides public education and foster and adoption services for stray, abandoned or homeless animals. "It happens more often then people want to know," Nolting said of abandoned animals. "East CAN has got a lot of dogs right now in foster [homes]. Basically, we're full."Luckily, Pepe didn't have to wait for an opening. A couple new to east Nashville has agreed to foster him. "It's kind of like meant to be," said Beals. "They wanted a dog and it's just awesome. I'm really, really excited."Pepe has been renamed Berry because of his former home. In the next few weeks, he'll be evaluated by a veterinarian for health and temperament. If all goes well, his new foster family hopes to adopt him.
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