A 68-year old Texas man was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after he was caught on camera abandoning a Husky along a Horizon City roadside.
Last Tuesday, Joy Dominguez was driving down a Horizon City, Texas roadway when she saw a Jeep Horizon that had pulled over. When a young man exited the vehicle with a Husky, it quickly became apparent he intended to abandon the dog on the roadway.
Dominguez, a volunteer with an animal rights group, told ABC7 she attempted to speak to the man, explaining to him that abandoning the dog was wrong. With complete disregard for the dog’s safety and well-being, the man continued. So, Dominguez called Horizon City Police and began recording video.
In the video, the young man is seen removing the dog’s collar and leash. The dog appears calm, if not confused by the act. Then the man re-enters the vehicle and leaves the scene. Most heartbreaking of all, the abandoned dog runs after the SUV as it drives away.
Horizon City Police arrived at the scene and safely secured the Husky. They then turned the young, healthy, and friendly dog over to El Paso County Animal Control who have launched an investigation to determine who abandoned the dog. In a positive turn of events, it wasn’t long before the abandoned dog has the promise of a loving home for all the days of his life. Not even 24-hours after he was callously dumped along a roadside, the Husky, now named Nanook, was adopted by a family that says he completes their family.
El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies located and arrested 68-year old Luis Antonio Campos, the alleged driver of the Jeep. Faced with animal cruelty charges, he was booked into the El Paso County Jail on Friday. Campos posted a $5,000 bond and was released the same day.
An investigation into the dog’s abandonment is still underway. Officials expect additional arrests in the incident to be made. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with additional information about the case contact them at 915-832-4408 or 915-538-2185.
“These crimes against our voiceless animal victims are taken seriously and we actively seek to hold suspects accountable for these cruel acts,” a sheriff’s spokesman said in a statement Wednesday.