Former UFC fighter, Frank Shamrock, could be charged with animal cruelty after he abandoned a dog in a Dallas airport parking garage for multiple days, reports

Shamrock, 46, initially searched for someone to care for his mother’s dog Zelda on social media, but when he couldn’t find anyone to take her, he instead tied the 7-year-old Labrador mix to the bed of a pickup truck and flew out to another state.

The fighter has admitted to abandoning Zelda, claiming that there were no other options for the “old dog with a goofy hip.”

On March 6, Dallas Police Officers were notified of an abandoned pup by a witness at Love Field Airport, a representative at the Dallas Police Department (DPD) confirmed to PEOPLE.

The witness explained that they had noticed the dog in the bed of the truck when they first arrived at the airport parking garage on March 4 — but two days later, after returning from their trip, poor Zelda was still there.

Dallas Animal Services (DAS) were called to the scene, where they issued city code violation to Shamrock. Officials were also able to determine from the investigation that Zelda had arrived at the garage on March 2, DPD said.

Animal Services eventually took Zelda into protective custody, while an animal cruelty investigation is underway.

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