Police searching for driver who dumped puppy on side of road

Hero. Credit: KMOV

"There's no reason to dump an animal," said Linda Martin.

St. Ann Animal Shelter Coordinator Linda Martin told News 4 she was irritated after seeing home surveillance footage, showing a white Chevy Impala with temporary tags pulling up to Geraldine and Livingston Avenue in St. Ann just after 8:00 a.m.

In the video, a 1-year-old Pitbull mix puppy, nicknamed "Hero" by volunteers at the shelter, was dumped out of the sedan before the driver takes off, leaving the animal on the side of the road.

"What would you say to the person who did this?" said News 4's Eric Cox.

"Why?" said Martin. "Then ask them, 'Do you know there are places you can take them without dumping them?"'

"I don't know exactly what was going on in the person's mind, but there are a lot of better ideas than what they did," said St. Ann Animal Control Officer Luke Meyer.

Meyer told News 4 that Hero was placed in the city's private shelter, ran primarily by volunteers, instead of being sent off to St. Louis County's Pet Adoption Center.

"They do good work over there also, but they're filled with hundreds of animals," said Officer Meyer. "When they fill up, they begin to euthanize animals."

With Hero in good hands, officers are focusing their attention on finding the driver.

"There's only a couple of ways into that neighborhood, so we're keeping a close eye on things," said Officer Meyer. "Hopefully, we can find a vehicle that matches that description."

Meyer said St. Ann Police already have a good lead, but they're hoping for more help from the community.

Meanwhile, the heartbreaking video of Hero has generated hundreds of reactions online, many wishing to make him the newest member of their family.

"Once he's been vetted, he'll find his forever home and I know somebody's going to want him," said Martin.

For more details on how to adopt a pet or donate to the St. Ann Animal Shelter, click here.

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