PilotOn Sunday, July 1, this adorable little puppy was dropped out of a car near the Salinas Municipal Airport. Chris Crandall, a Seaside resident who works for the California Shock Trauma Air Rescue was stunned as he watched a couple stop and discard the puppy. “Leaving a puppy by the side of the road – that’s crazy,” he said.

Crandall said he picked up the puppy before it could wander into traffic on Mortensen Avenue and took it the next day to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Monterey County.

The SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who abandoned the shepherd-mix puppy. Abandoning any animal is a misdemeanor that can lead to arrest or a fine.

The SPCA named the male puppy “Pilot,” because he was found near an airport hangar.

Crandall said he saw a man and woman, who appeared to be in their mid-20s and who were riding in a white Ford Mustang convertible, stop and leave the 4-month-old puppy.

“They have to understand first of all, it is cruel, and it’s against the law (to abandon an animal),” Crandall said. “If they don’t want the dog, just take it to the SPCA.”

Anyone with information regarding Pilot’s abandonment is asked to call the SPCA at 422-4721. Pilot will be ready for adoption in two weeks. Anyone can call the SPCA for an application to adopt Pilot.

“(The dog) didn’t give us any issues,” during the time it spent at his office and house, Crandall said. “It will make somebody a good little puppy.” (The Californian)

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