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Samaritan Catches Woman on Video Dumping 3 Dogs on Dead-End Street

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It’s difficult to understand why some people do the things they do. Making poor choices when there is something better available seems to be a case of pure laziness.

We can’t always determine the reasons behind seemingly careless acts. After all, we don’t always know the entire story, and, therefore, we can’t really judge another just because it seems as if they don’t care.

But cameras don’t lie. One woman caught a recent incident involving carelessness on video, and the footage is going viral.

Edith Melendez of San Antonio had witnessed such an act time and time again — dog owners driving down a dead-end road and abandoning the animals they either couldn’t, or didn’t want to, care for.

“A lot of people dump dogs there,” she said in an interview. Melendez volunteers for her local Animal Care Services. When she saw yet another person leaving dogs at the end of the road, she couldn’t keep silent any longer.

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Watch as she confronts the abandoners, and even gives them information regarding where they can drop the dogs off. The anonymous woman in the video seems to listen to Melendez for a moment, but the moment doesn’t last.

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We can’t know for certain why the driver and passenger decided dumping the dogs instead of taking them to a place they would be cared for seemed like the better option.

But this video has received quite a bit of attention, and since going live the dog dumpers have been located.

Lisa Norwood, an Animal Care Services Representative, explained the dumpers were not in fact the owners but had been asked by the owner to get rid of the dogs. It is only thanks to Melendez, the dog Samaritan, that these animals were taken in before they ended up starving or worse.

Unfortunately, these types of abandonments are becoming more commonplace. But rather than making a little extra effort to find these animals a good home, their owners are simply leaving them on the streets.

“If you see something, say something,” a Facebook post from City of Antonio Animal Care Services pleads. “We would not have been able to respond as quickly as we did if the Good Samaritan had not contacted 311 first.”

It’s understandable if uncontrollable circumstances keep someone from caring for their pets. What is unacceptable, however, is when people would rather drop their animals on the side of the road instead of taking them to the proper care facilities.

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Hopefully this video has served as a reminder to us all to keep a close eye out for incidents like these. We may just make the difference for a furry friend in need.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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