By Greg Argos

COATESVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities in West Caln Township are asking for the public’s help identifying a female dog that was found tethered to a tree in Coatesville. The dog, named Penelope, now has a much brighter future in store.

Along a wooded stretch on the 1200 block of Telegraph Road in West Caln, an observant passerby noticed something strange about 10 feet from the shoulder on Sunday morning.

“It’s not a main road, but it’s traveled,” West Caln Police Chief Curt Martinez said. “A person found a dog in the woods.”

The dog was tied up and apparently abandoned.

“The dog was chained to the tree. It had a bowl and empty bowl of water and a bag of food that was empty,” Martinez said. “We took the bowl and are working to get fingerprints off of it.”

Fortunately, Penelope was alive and officers gathered whatever evidence they could. They posted pictures to Facebook looking for her owners and then they transferred the dog to safety.

On Sunday afternoon, officers brought Penelope to the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

“She knows some commands,” director of operations Hayden Carroll said. “She does appear to be very friendly.”

Since Penelope had no identifying markers other than a pink collar, police states that she’ll be spayed and then placed up for adoption within three days, which likely will happen quickly.

“She’s cute. She’s friendly and already becoming a favorite around here,” Carroll said.

Meanwhile, West Caln police say whoever is responsible for leaving her could face animal cruelty charges.

“If we find out who did it, there will be an arrest,” Martinez said.

Anyone with information on the dog’s identity is being asked to contact the SPCA at 610-692-6113 or the West Caln Township police at 610-384-3115.

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