“I put on my shoes and walked out to the dead end,” Melendez said. “I just started recording on my phone. I wanted to catch her dumping those animals so I could show it to my neighbors and community. You can’t get away with this.”
When San Antonio resident Edith Melendez saw a suspicious vehicle pull up outside her home, she just had a bad feeling about it. The local realtor and longtime resident said her neighborhood has a lot of boarded up houses due to a new development being built.
“People dump old furniture out there or even do drugs,” she said. “But this time, I saw something worse, a car full of people dumping dogs.”
Here’s the scoop from PEOPLE:
Melendez says that a gray car pulled up to a dead end street, and a woman started pulling dogs out of the vehicle. In the video, four dogs are seen being dumped on the side of the road. (As it turns out, five were actually left there — one dog was already dumped and ran off prior to Melendez’s camera catching the woman in action.)
Melendez confronts the woman, who appears to mostly ignore her and continues to dump the dogs. The driver of the car then “panics and retreats,” she says. The Good Samaritan then decided to post the video footage on Facebook, where it has since gone viral.
Because of all the attention the video received, the driver of the car and the woman in the clip were uncovered. Internet sleuths were able to discern the car’s license plate number and track down the dog dumpers. Melendez says at this point, the actual owner of the dogs — a different woman — came forward to take responsibility, allegedly because she felt badly her friends — or family, as the case may be — were being threatened.
According to San Antonio Animal Care Services rep Lisa Norwood, the people in the car were the sister, brother and sister’s boyfriend. “They were asked by the owner of the dogs to dump the animals and they did so while being filmed by a Good Samaritan who sent the video to San Antonio’s Animal Care Services Friday afternoon,” Norwood tells PEOPLE.
What should this horrible woman’s punishment be?