SPRINGFIELD — A dog was left for dead in 96 degree weather as a man’s security camera captured it all.
A dog dumped on the side of the road, is looking for a new home after its former owner, a white woman driving a white SUV, abandoned the dog and left it to fend for herself.
Now the Greene County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding the woman who did it.
It’s been a crazy last couple of days for the near two-year old lab mix now known as “Hope”, was essentially left to die out in east Springfield near Rogersville near Farm Road 148 and Farm Road 205 on Tuesday.
As Glenn Blake neared his home, he saw a stray dog running around and wondered how it may have gotten there.
“I was coming back from the botanical garden doing volunteer work there. I came up to the house and reviewed our security tapes,” Blake says.
What was captured on his property’s surveillance shocked him — a woman backing her car up, dumping the dog in 96 degree weather, and driving off. That’s when Blake called the the Greene County Sheriff’s office.
“Deputy Turner he showed up, looked at the video, started driving around trying to find the dog, and talk to neighbors,” said Blake.
Deputy Shane Turner says it was a process to get the dog back to safety.
“She was scared, wouldn’t let me approach for about an hour. I just got down on eye level with her down on my knees on the road way,” Turner said.
Once Deputy Turner earned her trust, he was able to start caring for the dehydrated dog.
“I picked her up, put her in my car, cranked up the air conditioning. She probably finished at least four bottles of water. I called Rescue One and tried to find a place for her to go,” says Deputy Turner.
Perhaps the hardest part to watch from the surveillance footage is seeing the dogs reaction after she realized she was alone, taking off up the street after her former owner.
In fact, Jeremy Tuck with Rescue One says her paw pads are falling off as she chased the car that abandoned her. Tuck hopes people will realize there are better ways to re-home a dog rather than letting it play out like this.
“This happens all the time. It’s just this one time that it got caught on video getting hundreds of thousands of views and stuff. At Rescue One, we get calls weekly,” Tuck explains.
Applications are already coming into Rescue One for Hope, but she cannot be adopted until the investigation is complete.
If you have any information on who the person in this video might be, you are urged to call the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.