Man left dog by the side of the road, according to the Ontario County Humane Society.

A Geneva man was charged with animal abandonment after being seen leaving a dog by the side of the road, according to the Ontario County Humane Society.

James L. Kemp Sr, 51, was spotted by an off-duty Ontario County Sheriff’s lieutenant acting suspiciously, according to the report. Kemp’s car was parked near a large pile of dirt on the east side of Carter Road. As the lieutenant passed by he saw Kemp open his car door and let out a brown pit bull. Kemp then got into his car and drove away, leaving the dog. The lieutenant obtained the vehicle’s license plate as well as the dog, according to the Humane Society.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation. Kemp claimed he was taking the dog back to the area where the dog was found a couple weeks ago, hoping the owner would find him, according to the report.

Kemp will appear in Geneva Town Court at a later date to answer the charge, a misdemeanor.

The dog, Max, is at the Ontario County Humane Society and will be placed up for adoption.