Man Arrested In Connection With Viral Video Showing Husky Being 'Abandoned' On Road
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A man has been arrested for animal cruelty after allegedly abandoning a dog on the side of the road in Texas. You can watch footage of the incident below:
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Luis Antonio Campos, 68, was booked into custody on Friday 23 July on a $5,000 (£3,600) bond.
According to Fox News, police also said another arrest was expected as the investigation continued.
It follows a viral video shared online earlier this week, which appeared to show someone unleashing the husky before getting into the passenger side of a car.
The car then sped off down the road, as the dog tried to chase after it.
The footage was captured by a dog rescuer, who secured the husky and called police.
A caption for the video, which was posted by another animal rescuer, said: "This heartbreaking scene is what happens day in and day out here.
"All those dogs y'all see me move out of state is for this exact reason, because heartless people don't think or care.
"They didn't measure the responsibility that being a pet owner requires and instead of, again taking responsibility, and reaching out for help from a rescue they opt to dump their poor dog.
"I am disgusted, I am furious, and I am heartbroken. El Paso needs to DO BETTER."
It added: "The person recording this video is a fellow dog rescuer as well. After recording she called El Paso Sheriffs Department, was given a case number, and secured the husky.
"The last time I was updated, the husky is safe at the sheriff's department and will be taken in by Huckleberry Hound Dog Rescue of El Paso."
The animal, who is about 10 months old, was rescued by a Pawsitive Rescuers of El Paso.
It was put up for adoption through non-profit animal rescue organisation Huckleberry Hound Dog Rescue of El Paso.
Amazingly, less than 24 hours after the video went viral, the dog found a new family - and is now called Nanook.
Speaking to KFOX, the new owner said: "I think he's doing us an active kindness by completing our family."
They added: "He's not lost anymore."
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said the investigation was still underway.
In a statement, it said: "These crimes against our voiceless animal victims are taken seriously and we actively seek to hold suspects accountable for these cruel acts."
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Topics: Viral, News, Animals, Dogs
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