People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a driver seen leaving a dog in the middle of Seminole Heights and speeding off as the abandoned animal chased behind it.
The only knowledge officials with Hillsborough County Pet Resources have about the incident comes from a dash-cam video reported to Tampa police and posted to Facebook by Jerit Gaddis of Tampa.
Gaddis was driving behind a mid-1990s gold Chevrolet Cavalier about 6:40 p.m. Aug. 7 when the vehicle stopped at the intersection of North Boulevard and West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The Cavalier’s back left door then swung open and a large brown dog appeared to be pushed out of the vehicle and onto the busy road.
The dog, described as a male fawn red nose pitbull weighing between 60 and 80 pounds, appears confused and stands in the middle of the road for a moment before chasing the speeding vehicle in vain as it drives out of the camera’s sight.
The dog has yet to be found, PETA said Thursday.
In a release, PETA said the driver could face felony or misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty or neglect.
“The fear, sadness, and confusion that this dog must’ve felt after being pushed out of a car and forced to watch his owner drive away from him is hard to fathom,” said PETA Vice Pesident Colleen O’Brien in a release. “PETA urges anyone with information about this cruel incident to come forward immediately so that whoever is responsible for abandoning this loyal dog can be held accountable.