updated 04/11/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/11/2012 AT 2:00 PM ET
An Ohio man has been charged with two counts of abandonment after stuffing six English bulldog puppies into a black canvas suitcase and leaving them, and their mother, next to a trash can outside a Toledo business.
Howard Davis didn’t just leave the 4-week-old dogs in the suitcase – he also left his contact information on a luggage tag, according to the Toledo Blade. The puppies’ mother was also licensed to Davis.
“It’s kind of like the bank robber who writes a note with his address on it,” John Dinon, director of the Toledo Area Humane Society, tells PEOPLE. “It did not take Sherlock Holmes to find him.”
Luckily, the suitcase was found by a passersby shortly after it was abandoned, and was unzipped so the puppies could breathe. “No one appears to have suffered any consequences of being in the bag,” Dinon says. “They’re doing great. They’re healthy, robust little guys.”
The puppies and their 3-year-old mother will be leaving the humane society to go to a foster home until they’re old enough to be adopted, or until the investigation concludes.
Dinon has a request for the many callers who’ve contacted the humane society inquiring about adopting the dogs. “There’s only six of them, but if you’re calling us for one of these, that means you have room in your home and your heart for a pet,” he says. “If you can’t get one of these, go to your local shelter and meet your best friend there.”
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