SAN ANTONIO – Edith Melendez is being honored for her efforts to help save several dogs that were dumped in San Antonio.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is giving Melendez its Compassionate Action Award for her role in helping save the dogs.
"Edith Melendez acted quickly and compassionately to save several confused dogs who were being left to fend for themselves when they should have been protected by their family," said PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien. "PETA hopes her actions will inspire caring people everywhere to speak up and act immediately to stop animal neglect and abuse.”
Melendez captured video of a woman dumping dogs at the end of her street, an area that is notorious for dog dumping.
She informed the woman that the dogs could be dropped off at Animal Care Services for free before calling 311 to report the abandoned animals.
The video sparked outrage around San Antonio and was picked up by national and international media outlets.
A spokesperson with Animal Care Services in San Antonio told KSAT the suspect seen dumping the dogs turned herself in after the video went viral.