A surveillance camera video from the City of Bartlett Animal Shelter in Tennessee has garnered national attention after a woman is pictured pulling up to the shelter in a pickup truck, getting out of the truck and removing a dog in a cage from the tailgate. She then leaves the abandoned dog in the parking lot- quickly driving away. The short video, along with the following comments, were posted on the City of Bartlett Animal Shelter’s Facebook page Monday afternoon:
“Does anyone recognize this woman, dog or truck? If so, please let us know. We have a few questions for her. Thank you. I think we can all agree this is upsetting. Please keep foul language off this feed. It does not help.”
More than 581,000 views, 15,000 shares and 2,800 comments later, ranging from “how cruel can anyone be,” to “the woman could have dropped the dog down into a ravine,” the person responsible for the abandoned dog was located. Still the comments drew harsh criticism for leaving the dog in a parking lot despite a posted excuse:
“Here is one person’s explanation…. It was not her dog. She is a child who was told by an irresponsible adult to leave the dog because the adult did not want to wait for the shelter to open. You do not know the full story. She did return to the shelter after it opened and filled out paperwork that said the dog was a stray.”
The pooch, believed to be a five-year-old, female Australian shepherd was terrified when found, but the staff at the shelter report the dog to be very sweet and friendly. And although some comments have stated the person dropping the dog off saved the pooch from harm, the shelter didn’t agree:
“Had the lady put the dog on the sidewalk, we would agree. However, our parking lot connects with the street where there are garbage trucks flying through here. She could have been hit in that cage.”
The Bartlett Police Department were able to track down the person who abandoned the dog. The organization posted on their Facebook page the person had been located and was coming to the shelter to fill out the paperwork so the dog could be adopted. The police department wants to remind everyone that abandoning an animal is illegal.
“If you feel the need to bring an animal to the shelter, please come inside so we can assist you and ensure the safety of the animal,” a department spokesperson stated.
Be the voice for those who cannot speak. There is never an excuse to abandon a pet; even youngsters should know better.
(Photo of abandoned dog freeze shot from video.)
The short video can be viewed here: