UPDATE: Deputies arrest Lincoln woman after puppy left in ditch

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office rescued a puppy that was abandoned in a ditch along a road north of Lincoln.

The sheriff’s office says the puppy, named Zeus, was found near 14th Street and McKelvie Road around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

About 11 hours later, the sheriff’s office announced that it had arrested an 18-year-old Lincoln woman.

She was cited on suspicion of animal abuse/neglect, which is a class one misdemeanor.

“We are the animal control authority for the county,” Sheriff Terry Wagner said. “We’re not unfamiliar with dog calls, for sure. But we don’t very often find a dog just in a kennel on the side of the road.”

The puppy was brought to the sheriff’s office “to warm up and make some new friends,” the sheriff’s office said in a tweet.

“We have taken Zeus out to the Capital Humane Society,” Wagner said. “He’ll be well taken care of and warm. Everybody here fell in love with him, but nobody wanted to take him home. He’s a cute dog; he really is.”

He said Zeus looks to be a mix between a German shepherd and a husky.

Wagner said a woman called to say that the puppy was hers but that she gave it to Lathrom when she couldn’t care for it anymore.

Wagner said if you see an animal that needs help, it’s best to call the sheriff’s office.

And he wanted to remind people of the options that are available other than abandoning the animal.

“We’re thankful for the caller that reported the animal on the side of the road,” he said. “And if people have animals or pets that they have gotten and can’t care for, they can take it to the humane society, I believe without charge.”

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