Windsor cop with dog

Windsor, Vt., Police Sgt. Paul Favreau visits with Angel, the dog he helped bring to safety after she was allegedly abandoned by her owner, Claremont, N.H.’s John Denaro, who is now charged with animal cruelty.

WINDSOR, Vt. — A Claremont, N.H., man is facing an animal cruelty charge after police say he abandoned his dog at a gas station.

John Denaro, 51, allegedly left his dog at the Windsor, Vt., Cumberland Farms convenience store. Windsor is located along the Connecticut River, which serves as the Vermont/New Hampshire border.

Police say that Denaro pulled into the convenience store’s parking lot before 8 a.m. on Monday, opened the door to his Jeep Liberty, and let out his dog, a Border Collie mix, according to the police statement. As the dog ran freely in the parking lot, Danero immediately got back into his Jeep and drove away, according to police.

Several people saw the abandoned dog and called police. Sgt. Paul Favreau was able to secure the dog, which the department has since named Angel. Favreau reports that Angel was found to be in poor health once she was brought to the Lost My Way animal shelter in Claremont.

Angel is getting treatment and staff at the shelter say she recently gave birth to a litter of puppies before she was abandoned. The status of the puppies is unknown.

Denaro, is charged with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division, in White River Junction at a later date.