Police release video of suspects throwing dog into dumpster

Surveillance camera catches trio dumping dog in dumpster
August 22, 2013 3:28:38 PM PDT
It's a disturbing case of animal cruelty. Three people are caught on camera, throwing a puppy into a dumpster. It's outraged many -- the animal was trapped for several hours.

It happened off Gessner and Beechnut in southwest Houston. Police are trying to track down the suspects in the case.

The dog is in a safe place now and lucky to be alive. Police say the guys seen in the video left the dog locked inside a dumpster for more than 13 hours.

Surveillance video shows two guys opening a dumpster at about 1am on August 12. Moments later, a third guy walks up and throws a dog inside with the trash. The unidentified group scrambles to close the dumpster's lid, trapping the helpless dog inside as they quickly run off.

David Brecker, who found the dog, said, "I knew it was afraid and scared."

Brecker discovered that mistreated dog when he arrived to work many hours later.

"I was walking out to check in on my trucks and trailers that are on the lot here, and when I was checking them in, walked past the dumpster and heard a howling noise and barking," he said.

Brecker manages a U-Haul store on south Gessner. He says he initially thought the one-year-old pit bull mix may have jumped in the dumpster to get food. But Brecker says a closer look at the store's surveillance cameras showed a different and more disturbing scene.

"I just can't even imagine what that dog may have done to make them throw a dog in the dumpster," he said. "It just doesn't make sense. It's pointless."

the dog was trapped inside that dumpster for more than 13 hours, according to police. Workers at South Gessner pet clinic helped rescue the pit bull and treated it for worms. The dog's now been adopted and named Lucky.

HPD Officer Suzanne Hollifield said, "What we need help with today is to try to identify the three suspects who were involved in dumping the dog in the dumpster."

Police say the guys in the video are facing animal cruelty charges. They each appear to be in their teens. One of them had an afro hairstyle.

HPD's animal cruelty squad is urging anyone with information about the guys in that surveillance video to call Crime Stoppers.

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