Little Eddie, a 2-year-old terrier whose owner claimed to have found him in a dumpster, was adopted Tuesday from the Nebraska Humane Society.
Pam Wiese, a Humane Society spokeswoman, said the dog is young, healthy and cute — a combination that led to a quick adoption.
Kenneth Harrison, 28, and his girlfriend originally owned Little Eddie. Harrison claimed he was a New Yorker and fabricated a story about finding the dog in a dumpster.
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 false story generated donations to the Humane Society for the dog's care from as far away as Australia. People who gave money were offered their donations back. Wiese said no one took the refund. And for Little Eddie, the tale ended happily with an adoption.
“We are thinking he will make a great new family member,” Wiese said. “He will fit right in.”