Michigan police are searching for two men who were captured on surveillance video abandoning a dog in the freezing cold weather without food or shelter.
The video showed two unidentified males pulling behind a Walmart store in Roseville in what appeared to be a Chrysler 200. They are seen taking a dog out, chaining it to a fence and then driving off.
What the video doesn't show is that the dog was suffering from life-threatening injuries. Macomb Daily reported that these injuries were likely sustained before the dog was abandoned behind the store.
Melanie Wittner from Hopeful Heart Animal Rescue said the dog, who she described as a pit bull-beagle mix, was entangled in a cord and had an “excruciating decision” to make.
“She ate her paw, because she was trapped in the cord,” Wittner said. “Pretty desperate. Really desperate. With the cold weather we’ve had she was probably out there freezing. She had no way to stay warm.”
Wittner added that by the time the dog was found, her left leg had already begun to decay. She believes the men who abandoned her were her owners, reported Detroit News.
“They were pretty confident about how they picked her up and set her down … In the video, she was looking for them,” Wittner said. “She was more loyal to them than they were to her.”
The dog, who was given the name Courtney, received medical treatment from Advanced Animal Hospital in Clinton Township. Vets needed to amputate the dog’s leg where she had chewed off her paw and perform surgery to remove bone fragments from her stomach.
Wittner said Courtney is recovering well and doesn’t even noticed that her leg is missing.
“She’s up and running around,” Wittner said. “She likes to take walks in the snow. She doesn’t even know (her leg) is gone.”
Roseville Police Department is searching for the men who abandoned the dog. Unfortunately, the video was unable to capture the vehicle’s license plate number.
Police Chief James Berlin added that the dog was "unbelievably affectionate" to the officers that rescued her and is asking anyone with any information to contact the department at 586-447-4483.