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Police search for criminals after discovering video of pregnant dog being dumped

Pregnant dog dragged and dumped at shelter dog-angry
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An American animal shelter is on the hunt for two heartless people caught on camera dragging and dumping a poor pregnant dog in footage that's shocked the internet.

By Zoe Monk

Published on the 14/12/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:36

There are some clips of animal cruelty that are so shocking, it makes them impossible to forget.

An animal shelter in Virginia in the US caught on surveillance footage the moment a couple parked outside the shelter, opened the boot of the car and dragged a pregnant dog across the path before abandoning the poor pup on the doorstep.

Staff at Campbell County Shelter were understandably shocked at what they saw on the surveillance footage and immediately got to work at trying to track down the people responsible.

Campbell County Animal Control officer Benny David told WFLA that what the people did to the poor dog was completely unnecessary. He said:

“It's not right to put an animal out to spend a night in the cold. We need to know where they come from, if they have any health problems. Were there any other problems with the animal? We need to know of its owner. They can sign an owner surrender.”


We’d like to identify the men responsible for driving this dog to the Campbell County Shelter under cover of darkness,...

Posted by Friends of Campbell County Animal Control on Saturday, November 30, 2019

The pregnant dog has been named Tilly by shelter staff and is currently being looked after by a foster family.


Everyone has been asking about Tilly—We are happy to report that a foster family locally offered to take her in and hang...

Posted by Friends of Campbell County Animal Control on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Kelsey Wright, who works at the shelter, was the person who discovered Tilly the following morning. She told WFLA how shocked she was to find the pregnant dog abandoned on the doorstep.

“You know, it just astounds me that someone didn't think to ask for help. They just took matters into their own hands and did what they wanted to do,” Kelsey said.


Friends of Campbell County Animal Control help to organise the adoptions of the animals cared for at the Campbell County Shelter and have shared regular updates on the hunt for those responsible.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the group said: “We'd like to identify the men responsible for driving this dog to the Campbell County Shelter under cover of darkness, pulling her out of the trunk of their car, and dragging her into the concrete fenced area where she lay unsheltered on concrete all night.”

The rescue shelter and animal control are keen for the public to understand that the people seen in the video may not actually be Tilly's owners. They point out that the dog could have been stolen, part of a custody or marital dispute, or has come from another county where no shelters were able to take the dog.

Heartworm disease

While the shelter doesn't know Tilly's background story, they are keen for her to get home.

Once Tilly was taken in by the shelter, she received a thorough check over by the vet who discovered she has heartworm.

“Sometimes the news just gets worse, so in addition to being left in the elements for 12 hours after being dragged out of the trunk of a car, now she must also deal with heartworm disease,” the group posted.

Congratulations Tilly!

Despite her traumatic ordeal, Tilly has since given birth to a beautiful litter of puppies.