CCTV shows moment seven dogs abandoned from van
We have launched an investigation after a man was captured on CCTV dumping seven dogs from the back of a van in Coventry.
The distressing footage, recorded at around 2.30pm on 30 December, shows a white van pull into Yewdale Crescent in Coventry before the driver opens the rear doors to let the dogs out before driving off.
The heartbreaking footage shows the dogs run back towards the van as it drives away, leaving them abandoned in the residential street. Some of the dogs were microchipped and have been checked but the chip details had not been registered.
Inspector Vicki Taylor, who is investigating, is appealing to the public for any information about the person responsible.
She said: "The footage is really shocking. To see the poor dogs in such obvious confusion and distress as the van pulls away is heartbreaking.
"Thankfully, a member of the public spotted what had happened and contacted the police who were able to capture the dogs and bring them to our animal hospital where they are now getting the care they need.
"The dogs are a mix of different breeds, including spaniels and terriers.
"We suspect they have been used for breeding because of the condition they are in.
"All smelt of faeces and urine and most have skin issues. One Yorkie type dog was severely matted."
The seven dogs, who have been named Bertha, Nelly, Tilly, Dottie, Molly, Bob and Ginger are now receiving care at one of our specialist animal rescue centres.
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Vicki added: "We are already seeing abandonments rise month on month and are braced for a surge of abandoned and neglected animals as pet ownership soared during lockdown, with an estimated 3.2m people welcoming pets into their lives last year.
"We're asking people to Join the Rescue this winter to help us help animals and bring abandoned animals to safety."
Anyone who recognises the vehicle, the dogs, or the person in the footage can contact me in complete confidence, by leaving me a message on our inspector's appeal line number on 0300 123 8018.
Our rescue teams will be out in all weathers this winter, rescuing animals from abuse, neglect and suffering.
To Join the Winter Rescue and help our rescuers be there for the animals in need, please donate online.