Police: Ohio man abandons dog, 6 puppies in suitcase

Generic police tape at puppy crime scene.
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(CBS/AP) TOLEDO, Ohio - Investigators say a man who tried to abandon six puppies by zipping them inside a suitcase and leaving it outside an Ohio business was charged after authorities found he'd left the luggage tag with his contact information attached.

A Toledo Area Humane Society officer filed two counts of abandonment Tuesday against the Toledo man, Howard Davis.

He's accused of leaving the canvas bag of puppies and their mother next to a trash bin behind a city business. Authorities say he was moving and had tried to sell the puppies.

The Toledo Blade newspaper reports the Lucas County Dog Warden's office on April 4 picked up the bag of six puppies -- three males and three females -- and their mother, an English bulldog mix.

Passers-by had found the bag and released the animals to wait for the warden's office.

According to the Blade, Davis will be issued a citation but he was not arrested. A first-degree misdemeanor abandonment carries a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The mother and puppies are at the Humane Society and will be up for adoption in the next few weeks.