This is the moment a heartless couple in Florida abandon a dog and 11 puppies outside an animal shelter before reversing their pickup truck and driving away as the confused pooch looks on, on the Sunday before Christmas.
The incident took place at the Walton County Animal Shelter, which is located in DeFuniak Springs, which is a town in Walton County, in the south-eastern US state of Florida, approximately midway between Pensacola and Tallahassee, on Sunday 19th December shortly before 12pm.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office shared the footage online, saying that it was “hard to watch” and asking the public for help so they can identify and arrest the couple.
The Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying: “Just before noon Sunday, a man and woman can be seen on surveillance video pulling up to the Walton County Animal Shelter. The two get out of a white F-150 along with a black dog.
“After sifting through donations left at the front of the building, the man places a box next to the front door and returns to the back of the truck to close the tailgate. The woman follows and the two leave.”
The statement also said: “It’s at that moment when the dog realizes she’s been abandoned and left behind.”
Thankfully, there were members of staff working at the shelter, taking care of the animals, despite it being a Sunday and the shelter being closed.
The police said an hour went by before staff noticed “the momma dog peering through the windows of the shelter”.
They found the box left by the couple by the door and opened it to discover 11 puppies inside, according to the cops.
The police said: “The puppies and their momma were quickly brought inside and given shelter.”
The police explained that they want to share this information with the public because “dumping animals is ILLEGAL and these individuals could face criminal charges”.
The cops added: “Reaching out does not mean dropping animals off on a day when the shelter is closed and leaving them for dead. It means picking up the phone and allowing Animal Services employees to provide a time for intake and to collect information about your animals.”
The police said that the dogs appeared to have had a rough time. The cops said: “These dogs have clearly had a rough 24 hours. Abandoned just days before Christmas and left out in the cold. There is no indication of what kind of treatment these animals received before coming to the shelter. But, they are in good hands now.
“The puppies appear to be friendly, although momma dog is wary of people (and who could blame her.) Alaqua Animal Refuge has offered to take the dogs in. If you are able to open your home to these animals, please reach out to them by visiting https://alaqua.org/how-to-help/foster-an-animal/.
“If you can identify the people in this video, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (850)-892-8111.”