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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — Police and animal control officers are trying to figure out why someone would intentionally abandon a dog in a busy Smithfield shopping center.

Authorities told WTVD it happened sometime between 8 and 10 a.m. Monday.

The dog was found at Pine Needle Plaza on N. Brightleaf Boulevard by a concerned citizen who said the dog was tied by its leash to a light pole next to the Pizza Hut drive-thru.

It happened only one mile from the Johnston County Animal Shelter. Authorities took the dog to the shelter. It had no apparent injuries.

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