Duke spent a week at the shelter on stray hold to see if a family had lost him, but no one ever came to claim him, so Griner and her husband agreed to foster him through the Greater Charlotte SPCA (GCSPCA). Three months later, a family finally contacted them to say that Duke was their dog. However, it was disclosed that Duke was not properly taken care of and had been left alone as an outside dog. Furthermore, the family sent video of them tying fabric to Duke’s leg to tease him because they thought it was funny to see him chase it around. “Honestly, it’s a perfect explanation to the compulsive behavior he still has,” Griner told The Dodo.