SAN ANTONIO – Animal Care Services provided new information on an alleged dog-dumping case that was caught on camera by a good Samaritan on Friday.
According to ACS spokeswoman Lisa Norwood, the suspect turned herself in as authorities were preparing to set out a trap for one of the dogs they were unable to find after the good Samaritan called 311.
The woman in the Facebook video was seen dumping several dogs, then driving off.
The woman recording the video could be heard telling the woman leaving the dogs that she could drop them off at ACS for free instead of dumping them. After asking for directions to ACS, the woman continued to coax the dogs out of the vehicle before getting back in the car.
It appeared the woman seen leaving the dogs was a passenger in the car. Norwood said they have only one suspect in the case. Norwood also said the person who owns the car is not a suspect in the case.
While ACS officials said the woman dumped four dogs, officers were initially only able to find three of the dogs when they got to the scene. The suspect, according to Norwood, returned to where she left the dogs and picked up the fourth dog and took it to ACS where she surrendered herself to authorities.
Norwood said the woman could face charges for each dog she's accused of abandoning. Abandoning animals is against state and local laws and is a class A misdemeanor. ACS officials have not yet named the suspect.
Two of the four dogs are up for adoption through ACS and need temporary foster homes -- two have already been adopted. Those interested in fostering can contact ACS via email at email@example.com and those interested in adopting can call 210-207-6666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The dogs' animal ID numbers can be found on ACS' Facebook page.
ACS officials also applauded the good Samaritan for recording the incident and reporting it to authorities.
"We would not have been able to respond as quickly as we did if the good Samaritan had not contacted 311 first," a post on ACS' Facebook page said. "Always contact 311 and provide them with as much information as possible when you see any form of animal ordinance violation."