AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after seven dogs were dumped in a Coventry street by a man who then drove off in a van.
The distressing footage captures the incident which happened around 2.30pm on December 30 in Yewdale Crescent.
The driver opens the back door and lets the dogs out before fleeing the scene.
The heartbreaking film shows the dogs trying to chase after the van before it drives away.
Some of the dogs were microchipped and, although they have been checked, the chip details were not registered.
RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor, who is investigating for the animal welfare charity, is appealing to the public for any information about the person responsible.
“The footage is really shocking. To see the poor dogs in such obvious confusion and distress as the van pulls away is heartbreaking.
“Thankfully, a member of the public spotted what had happened and contacted the Police who were able to capture the dogs and bring them to our animal hospital where they are now getting the care they need.
“The dogs are a mix of different breeds, including spaniels and terriers.
“We suspect they have been used for breeding because of the condition they are in. All smelt of faeces and urine and most have skin issues.
“One Yorkie type dog was severely matted.”
She added the number of dog abandonments was rising month-on-month and the charity was braced for a surge of dumped and neglected animals after pet ownership soared during lockdown with an estimated 3.2million people welcoming dogs and cats into their lives last year.
“We’re asking people to Join the Rescue this winter to help us help animals and bring abandoned animals to safety.”
Anyone who recognises the vehicle, the dogs, or the person in the footage can contact Vicki in complete confidence, by leaving me a message on the inspector’s appeal line number on 0300 123 8018.
The seven dogs, who have been named Bertha, Nelly, Tilly, Dottie, Molly, Bob and Ginger are now receiving care at RSPCA animal rescue centres.
The RSPCA said its rescue teams would be out in all weathers this winter, rescuing animals from abuse, neglect and suffering.
To Join the Winter Rescue and help our rescuers be there for the animals in need, visit rspca.org.uk/rescuexmas