LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Charges have been filed against a woman accused of abandoning a dog outside of a Lewiston animal shelter.

The Androscoggin District Attorney filed a complaint against Sarah Vye charging her with cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of just under a year in jail.

According to The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, the woman dropped the dog off a yellow lab mix named Abby in front of their building right after it had closed for the day. The dog was loose for three days before shelter employees eventually found the dog dead.

Zachary Black, Manager of Operations, at the humane society wants people to know there's nothing wrong with giving up a pet.

He said if you do, you should bring it into the shelter if it's open. If not, you should take it to an animal control officer or call the police department.

"There's always the right way to do it," he said. "Here, that wasn't a proper way to do it, and there was consequences for the person that owned the animal and for the animal itself, so any time someone's making that type of decision they should put a lot of thought into it."

Officials at the shelter said the owner must have thought employees would see him and bring him inside.

The shelter has set up a fund in Abby's name.

Abandoned dog

#UPDATE: The owner has been identified and questioned by Lewiston police. PLEASE SHARE: Greater Androscoggin Humane Society employees are trying to find the person who abandoned a dog in front of their building Monday evening. Employees say during their morning search the dog was found hit by a car near the off ramp of the bridge. Unfortunately, employees say the dog passed away this morning. If you have any leads, please contact Animal Control through the Lewiston Police Department. STORY: http://on.wcsh6.com/1WPHHtD

Posted by WCSH 6 on Thursday, January 28, 2016