Every day, dogs are abandoned by their irresponsible so-called guardians for no real reason. Left all alone, they do not understand why their entire world suddenly changed. During winter, in dangerously low temperatures, dogs who are abandoned in the streets and outside buildings are especially at risk. Often they have to suffer serious consequences of humans’ unacceptable actions. In East Ridge, Tennessee, a dog was recently abandoned outside the local animal shelter in freezing cold weather.
A surveillance video shows the moment the dog was abandoned at East Ridge Animal Services (ERAS) on January 18, 2018, around 7:45 A.M. A woman driving a gold van pulled up next to the building, then literally tossed the animal over the fence and drove away – leaving the dog in 13 degree weather.
It took two hours before the dog was found. Fortunately, it was “only” two hours – had the dog been left outside for a longer time, the consequences could have been tragic.
The dog survived the incident and is now well. Due to the graphic nature of the video, ERAS decided against publishing it. The shelter was also unable to get the tag number of the car from the footage.
In the state of Tennessee, it is illegal to abandon a domesticated animal in an unreasonable manner. Seeing as what the woman did to get rid of the dog and the risks connected to the action, we’d say that would qualify as abandonment in an “unreasonable” manner and register as animal cruelty.
This particular story thankfully ended well for the dog, but that is not the case for many animals left abandoned in freezing weather. No case of reckless abandonment should be taken lightly and neither should this one.
Anyone with any information about the case is asked to contact ERAS at 423-664-0271. Click here to sign the petition for the East Ridge Police Department to do everything to identify and charge the person responsible for abandoning the dog.
Image source: East Ridge Animal Services/Facebook