Security video shows woman dumping a dog in a Rochester parking lot

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – It’s video that has raised the ire of animal lovers all over the flower city.  It’s been circulating on Facebook.  It shows a woman dumping a dog in a Rochester business parking lot.  So when I saw it, I started investigating.  And I found the kind veterinarian who discovered the abandoned dog.  Her name is Dr. Brenda Buck.  And she owns the Animal Hospital of Rochester at 1150 University Avenue.

On Friday morning her staff members told her they’d found a dog tied to a post in the parking lot.  She quickly took the sweet Terrier mix into her clinic to be evaluated.  And then she evaluated the building’s security video.  It clearly showed what happened.

A dark sedan pulled into this parking lot just after 11:00 am.  In seconds a woman got out of the car with a black dog in tow and walked the pooch to a post in the corner.  She then tied up the dog and sprinted back to her car, leaving the dog behind.

“Dogs are very bonded to their owners. And for a dog, they’re almost like children. They have kind of the emotional capacity of a toddler.  And they don’t understand why the person they love and they trust has all of a sudden left them,” said Dr. Buck explaining the emotional impact of abandonment.

She said some dogs shut down when they’re suddenly separated from their owners. She said it’s clear that the young dog had been cared for.

“He’s a neutered young adult male maybe a year old,” Dr. Buck explained.  “He was in really good weight.  His coat was nice and clean. He had a collar on. Super, super friendly so I think this dog had been well cared for.  Somebody loved him.”

So why was the little dog abandoned? We don’t know.  But we do know leaving a dog tied to a post is a crime.  So Dr. Buck called the police and filed a report.

The dog is now being cared for at Rochester Animal Services.  He’s currently being evaluated and then will be put up for adoption.  If you know who left this dog behind, you’re asked to call Rochester Animal Services at 585-428-7274 or you can email them 

And doctor buck wants you to know that if you’re a pet owner having financial difficulty, there are other options.  Click here for resources for everything from free pet food to reduced cost veterinary services.