By: Sarah Snyder
ODESSA - Caught on tape. People dumping their pets at the Humane Society's door in Odessa. And in case you didn't know it, that's illegal. NewsWest 9 got a hold of the surveillance video and now sheriff's officials are looking for the culprits.
This has been an on-going issue for workers at the Humane Society. During the past year they've had dogs chained to their fences, left in the yard, and tossed over the gate even breaking some of their legs. But now they've got security cameras watching over the entire property and that allows them to file charges against anyone caught dumping a dog.
"This is still something that caught us off guard," Bryan Yancey with the Odessa Humane Society, said. "We thought that with security cameras it would stop it completely, but you're still going to have this problem even with cameras."
On Saturday morning, a woman ditched her puppies right on the property and it was all caught on camera. You can see her pull up to the front of the Humane Society in a Dodge Charger. She gets out, leaves her door open, and takes her two dogs across the street to the front stoop of the groomer. After she drops them, she runs back to the car and speeds away. But here's the heart breaking part: those two dogs try to chase after their owner who deserted them. Humane Society workers still haven't been able to find them.
"It almost breaks your heart because you can see the lady going down the street and the little dogs are trying to catch her," Yancey said. "It's almost like what do we do now? They were just lost. This is Monday and we still haven't found the dogs. They're running loose out here."
So far, these cameras have cut down on vandalism but the animal dumping never stopped. In fact, one man who was caught abandoning his dogs ended up running over one of them trying to speed away.
The Humane Society says during the summertime, the number of adoptions drop substantially and because the shelter is maxed out, they've seen an increase in dog dumping simply because people know the Humane Society won't put the animals down. They've filed a report with the sheriff's department if you have any information contact authorities or call Odessa Crimestoppers at 333-TIPS.