Crammed in a too-small cage, the dog was abandoned at the animal shelter with a note stating, “Hi, my name is Buddy.”

Crammed in a too-small cage, the dog was abandoned at the animal shelter with a note stating, “Hi, my name is Buddy.”

Buddy was abandoned at the new Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo animal shelter which is under construction and unoccupied.

On Sunday evening, May 21, a volunteer dog walker spotted the cage, but humane society officials say they have no idea how long Buddy had been there.

The new shelter is across the street from the society’s current shelter.

Shelter officials think Buddy might be a Labradoodle, a mix between a Labrador retriever and a poodle.

The note left with the dog read, “Hi, my name is Buddy. I have all my shots. I took flea medication today. I have outgrown the apartment I live in and need a new home with a big yard to run in and (I) am amazing with children. It is very hard for me to leave a home where I am very loved and cherished, but I hope I can bring joy to my new family.”

Despite the note, shelter manager Tracy Diehl said there’s no way to know if the information provided is accurate.

“They claim he’s had his shots, but we just don’t know,” she said. Testing will need to be done to determine if Buddy’s up-to-date on his vaccinations.

“Even if they’d crossed out their name and left his medical records, we’d have more information. Now we’re left with no history,” she said.

Diehl said she doesn’t know how old Buddy is or any other information.

“When they abandoned him, they did Buddy a huge injustice. He was crammed into a little cage and scared to death.”

It’s against both Geneseo and Illinois statutes to abandon an animal.

However, Diehl said there are procedures in place for a pet owner to legally surrender their animal.

“We will take the animal if we have space. If we don’t, we’ll put it on a waiting list for when we do have space,” she said.

Animal owners are charged a $50 owner release fee to help cover veterinary expenses, but in case of hardship, Diehl said it is possible for the fee to be waived.

Diehl is asking for Buddy’s owners to come forward and provide additional information about the dog.

“We’d like them to explain what happened and give more information about Buddy’s history,” she said.

The Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo shelter can be reached at 944-4868.