A video shows the moment a woman was caught in the act of abandoning her four dogs at a vacant lot in San Antonio, Texas last week.
A resident saw the woman releasing the dogs on April 13, so she grabbed her cellphone and headed outside to confront the woman.
‘I was getting ready for work when I spotted a car at a dead end road removing collars from within the car. I put my shoes on quickly and ran out to the road and started recording the act.
‘I am tired of people doing this continuously in the area. I recorded to [educate] and advise them to do the right thing,’ the resident told ViralHog.
In the video, the resident is heard trying to convince the woman to take her dogs to Animal Care Services, saying she can drop her dogs off for free there instead of illegally abandoning them, a crime that carries a $500 penalty per dog.
‘I’m tired of people dropping off abandoned dogs. I fostered for Animal Care Services and I’m the one that has to take time away from my children to help people who don’t want to be responsible for their pets,’ the resident says.
The woman asks for directions to ACS, but then forces the last dog out of the car and then gets in the passenger seat as her driver backs out of the lot.
‘Really?’ the resident says as the car speeds out of the neighborhood, a passenger in the back seat flipping her off.
ACS spokesman Lisa Norwood told KSAT that the woman in the video later turned herself into authorities.
After the incident, authorities were able to find three of the dogs, but the fourth was missing.
The woman allegedly went back to the lot where she abandoned the dogs, found the fourth dog, and brought it into ACS, where she surrendered.
Norwood says she could face charges for each of the four dogs she abandoned. The women in the video are the only suspect in the case, Norwood said.
Abandoning dogs is a class A misdemeanor and against both state and local laws.
Two of the four dogs have already been adopted. The other two are up for adoption and in need of temporary foster homes.
ACS officials thanked the woman who took the video, writing on Facebook ‘We would not have been able to respond as quickly as we did if the good Samaritan had not contacted 311 first. Always contact 311 and provide them with as much information as possible when you see any form of an animal ordinance violation.’
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