A Vickery Meadow Man's Dog Was Hit by a Car, So He Left it to Die in a Dumpster, Police Say

Categories: Animal Welfare

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If anyone deserves a public shaming, it's the guy who allegedly abandoned his injured but still very much alive pit bull in the dumpster of his Vickery Meadow apartment complex on Monday night.

For better or worse, that will have to wait. The man wasn't home (or didn't answer the door) when police showed up in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Park Lane complex, which faces Top Golf. And while they know who he is, Dallas PD won't say unless he's been arrested and booked into jail.

Police did speak with the neighbor who called the cops. She told them she'd seen the man at about 10:30 p.m. dragging his red-nosed pit bull across the street. The dog was visibly injured and unable to walk.

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She went inside for a few minutes. When she came back outside, the man was there, but the dog was nowhere to be seen. When she asked him about it, he told her it had been hit by a car. It wasn't going to make it, so he'd left it in the dumpster.

According to police, the woman peeked inside and found the pit, whining and desperately trying to crawl out. She called on the man to help her lift it out, but he said he didn't have any money to pay vet bills and walked away.

The woman eventually got the dog out of the dumpster and into her apartment. Animal control arrived and took the dog to its headquarters for treatment. We've contacted the shelter for an update on its condition.

Clearly, throwing the dog in the garbage was not the right call. But what's a cash-strapped pet owner supposed to do when their animal suffers serious trauma? Here's local animal advocate Jonnie England with some better options:

The number 1, and best, option is to take the dog to Dallas Animal Services (or the city shelter for any shelter). Or to call 911/311 if they can't get the animal to the shelter themselves. At minimum, the dog would be humanely euthanized at no cost to the owner. At best, if the DAS staff thinks the injuries are treatable, they can stabilize the dog and give pain meds and reach out to the animal rescue community to take the dog for further treatment.

Basically, pretty much anything, up to an including an Old Yeller-style execution, would be more humane than leaving it to bleed and freeze to death in a filthy dumpster.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.

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rusknative
rusknative

kneegrows and their value systems...bet he has money for beer, smokes, tennis shoes, cell phones, HD cable TV and the IMPORTANT things to the blue gum crowd.

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

Years ago, I came across a cat that had been hit by a car on Main St in Deep Ellum. She was left in the road with her head split open. I tried asking some people walking by if they knew where a vet that would be open at that time was. They just shrugged and kept walking.


I called 311 and they offered to send a garbage crew if I didn't "want to just throw it in the trash."

damar852
damar852

I contacted Dallas Animal Services via their facebook page. The poor pitty in this story was too badly injured to save, so he was euthanized at the shelter. At least he didn't die in the dumpster.

chad
chad

"Old Yeller-style execution"

wha-what you doin' with that gun travis??

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

If all you people cared about humans as much as you did dogs, the world would be a better place. - BMarvel

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

*gah*


I hope somebody can deal with this poor animal - and I hope the dog will be ok, too.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I think the problem with pitbulls are owners like this.

TexMarine
TexMarine

seems my old hood is still keeping it classy

jonnieengland1
jonnieengland1

Thanks for writing about this, Eric.  And I agree with Myrna that the neighbor who crawled into the Dumpster and rescued this poor baby.  She is indeed an angel of mercy.  Abandoning an animal is NEVER an option; it's a crime.  Please keep us posted on this latest example of animal cruelty.

ColoradoMan
ColoradoMan

Tells us Ruby Roo we're all ears here

ruddski
ruddski

Dude probably has a brand new pit bull puppy by now.

ColoradoMan
ColoradoMan

and the Race of this dog ower is?   LOL Oh I think we all know ;)

rusknative
rusknative

dogs are more trustworthy and do not vote for idiots for president or city councilmen.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

I do. But, euthanasia is illegal to perform on humans.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@ScottsMerkin It is really weird out there with some of the pet owners who put animals ahead of people on the importance scale.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@primi_timpano  Yes.  Cesar keeps the sweetest pits.  I think some people train them to be vicious, which is heartbreaking.

damar852
damar852

@jonnieengland1 Sadly the poor dog was too badly injured to save and he was euthanized at the shelter.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski

It is unfortunate that dog-licenses are not for the purpose of ensuring that potential dog-owners are up to the task.

rusknative
rusknative

if Obama had a dog in Dallas, it would look like that injured dog based upon how well he has managed the US economy.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Thanks for giving me yet another reason  to not go back home to CO.

rusknative
rusknative

my dogs are more likeable and caring than barry or moochelle.

ruddski
ruddski

Animals are people too!

ruddski
ruddski

Bet that was a taxpayer-supported pup.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@doublecheese @TheCredibleHulk @ruddski

I suppose the RFID chipping has made them sort of redundant, now days.

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