DES MOINES, IOWA — A New Jersey man who allegedly abandoned his dog by tying her up outside the Des Moines airport last week is now facing charges.

“Allie” was discovered on Thursday, December 29th at the Des Moines Airport. Police said her owner – 24-year-old Charles Bigsen of Newark, New Jersey – was trying to fly home with her but was unable to because he didn’t have a kennel. Bigsen left the airport with the dog, then returned without her a short time later and boarded his flight home.

The ARL was called to the airport to take Allie in. They said she will be spayed, microchipped and taken to the vet before being placed up for adoption.

Court documents said after police contacted Bigsen he told investigators he didn’t provide any food or water for the dog or make arrangements for her to be picked up. He also told them he had no intention to reclaim the dog.

Bigsen has been charged with Animal Neglect and Care and Treatment of Animals by the Des Moines Police Department.