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Abandoned Dog Chained and Padlocked to Guardrail on Highway


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fresnoAnimal Control Services in San Antonio is asking for the public’s help in finding the man responsible for abandoning a dog on the side of the interstate. The dog was found chained and padlocked to the guardrail.

Animal Control Services received a call around 9 a.m. on Sunday morning reporting a dog abandoned on the highway. A witness saw a man roughly in his late 30s or 40s driving a 2004-2008 Dodge Ram extended-bed pickup truck with a paper license plate pull over to the side of Interstate 10 in San Antonio. The man got out of his car and chained a pit bull to the guardrail. The chain was attached to barbell weights and padlocked.

Animal Control Services arrived and rescued the dog. Despite the ordeal the dog was found to be in good health.

“He is actually relatively clean, with a healthy coat. He’s a very active young dog,” said ACS animal cruelty specialist Audra Houghton. “Our concern is that if he was chained up there on the guardrail, it could get pretty hot for him. There was no water, no shade. There’s also the risk of being hit by a vehicle or even causing an accident.”

ACS has named the dog Fresno and he will soon be ready for adoption. Anyone interested in adopting Fresno can find out more information on the ACS website.

Meanwhile ACS Cruelty Investigators are urging anyone with more information about the incident or the man who abandoned Fresno to call 311.