CERES, CA - A Facebook rant from a dog owner who said he was going to shoot his dog for disobedience brought Ceres police quickly to the local man's home Thursday morning.

The man, who wasn't named, posted after the dog defecated on his bed and chewed his belongings: "She's FREE. Pick her up today or she's will be shot and stuck in a hole buy 9pm. Actually I'll give anybody who takes her 20 bucks," said police. The post prompted several dozen reports to the Ceres Police Department, even from out of state.

After investigating, officers determined the man was just venting and the dog was unharmed.

It wasn't the only animal-related call police had before 10 a.m.

An officer picked up an abandoned puppy left with spoiled milk in a box at Roeding Heights Park. The officer brought the pup named Parker back to the police station to give it a bath and then took it to city hall to see if anyone wanted to adopt it. A city employee did and took Parker to a veterinarian where it was diagnosed with bronchitis but expected to make a full recovery.

Finally, officers responded to Stanislaus County Animal Services when a dog owner took out his impounded dogs without paying impoundment fees. Officers investigated and determined the man had taken his dogs because he hadto get to work and couldn't wait. Police said the man promised to return to animals services to pay what he owed.

Police reminded that unwanted animals can be taken to Stanislaus County Animal Services at 3647 Cornucopia Way in Modesto, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Another option may be animal rescue groups, a list of which is on the animal services website.

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