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Animal Care Services
Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Doorbell video captures heartbreaking pet abandonment

ACS investigators seeking identity of person seen tying up bewildered dog

CONTACT: Lisa Norwood, 210.207.6665  210.315.3130
Alfonso Rios, 210.207.6589   956.961.5782


SAN ANTONIO (May 1, 2019) - The doorbell security camera captured the sad scene as it unwound in front of a Northwest side home: A confused and scared pet seemingly abandoned after being tied to a driveway basketball hoop. It happened the morning of April 24th at a home on Pioneer Gold. Video of the brazen abandonment showed the individual dropping a small plastic bag of food next to the young terrier before tying her leash to the metal pole. The person appears to cast a brief glance backwards before walking down the street while the dog struggles to follow.


While the dog in the video is safe, Animal Care Services stresses animal abandonment is not only inhumane; it’s also against the law. Cruelty Investigators are seeking the identity of the individual pictured and urge anyone with information to call 311.


ACS reminds residents there is a wide array of community resources available for those not able or willing to care for their pets any longer. In addition to local shelters, area rescue groups and even individuals provide ongoing opportunities for people to humanely re-home unwanted dogs and cats. Depending on the circumstances, pet abandonment charges can range from a Class C misdemeanor to a State Jail felony.  For information on this and other city animal laws, residents are encouraged to visit