An Omaha man lied about finding a dog discarded in a black trash bag in a carwash dumpster, the Nebraska Humane Society said Saturday.
Kenneth Harrison, 28, lives in Omaha and he and his girlfriend were actually the owners of the dog, the Humane Society said. Harrison was ticketed for false reporting.
Humane Society officials were tipped off by a phone call Friday night. During an interview with investigators Saturday morning, Harrison admitted to fabricating the story.
Harrison was initially lauded for saving the 2-year-old terrier mix, named Little Eddie, from the trash. He claimed to be a New Yorker visiting family in Omaha when he found the small dog in a dumpster near 72nd and Maple Streets.
“When I picked him up, he just immediately started licking ... And I just melted,” Harrison told The World-Herald on Friday.
The story generated donations to the Humane Society for the dog’s care from as far away as Australia. People who gave money will be offered their donation back.
Harrison told investigators that he wanted to give up the dog because of housetraining issues but feared he would have to pay a fee to surrender it or for not having it licensed.
Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Nebraska Humane Society, said Harrison simply could have surrendered the dog and walked out the door with no money out of his pocket.
While the organization asks for a small donation when an animal is brought in, it is a request and not a requirement.
Harrison was ticketed under an animal control ordinance that says it’s illegal to lie to the Humane Society about how someone came into possession of an animal. He faces a maximum punishment of six months in jail and/or a $500 fine.
The silver lining, Langan said: “The dog showed no signs of injuries or illnesses that would be associated with being wrapped inside a plastic bag.”
In other words, Little Eddie is doing fine. And soon will be up for adoption.
Staff writer Patrick Duprey contributed to this report.