The dog's owner, Iranian-born Nazanin Zinouri, is a Clemson University doctoral graduate who has lived seven years in South Carolina, where she's employed as an engineer under a foreign worker visa. Recently, after flying to her homeland to visit family, she learned she could not return to the United States due to the temporary travel restrictions put in place by the White House's recent executive order.
Zinouri was devastated, in no small part because it meant she was kept from her pup.
"Dexter is being taking care of by my amazing friends/neighbors," she wrote on Facebook. "I want to get updates and pictures of him everyday but it is just heartbreaking to see them and not know if I will ever be able to get back to him."