Fortunate Spoiler Alert: The following story has a happy ending.
But it had a tragic, infuriating start.
Shannon Bettencourt tells KNTV that she was walking home from work on July 3 in Northern California when she happened upon an abandoned dog left on the side of the road.
It had the words “I need a home” written across its face and “Free” etched on her body in permanent marker.
"I was heartbroken," Bettencourt told the local news. "Nobody wants to see an animal like that ever."