Union County deputies are seeking a man out of Chidester who allegedly dumped six puppies at the Union County Animal Protection Society Monday evening and then drove off, according to a Union County Sheriff’s Office report.
A UCAPS board member was closing for the day when a black man and woman approached in their vehicle and asked if the shelter needed any puppies. The board member told them the shelter was closed for the day but the two could return in the morning, according to the report.
However, due to her suspicions that the man would dump the puppies at the gate after she left, the board member said she backed her vehicle into a side gravel road where she could watch the suspect.
“Upon doing so, [the board member] stated she observed the subject began unloading the van full of puppies at the closed gates,” stated the report. “After doing so, [the board member] stated the vehicle then began to leave but not before she was able to obtain a license plate number.”
The license plate number came back to a man out of Chidester, according to the report. He had not been located at the time of the report.
Of the six abandoned puppies, one appeared to be “suffering severely from an unknown illness,” stated the report.
The board member was advised to take pictures and speak with 13th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Robin Carroll regarding the matter.
UPDATE: We received word from Tanja Jackson, UCAPS manager, that there were actually eight puppies discovered at the scene and the one described by the UCSO as “suffering severely from an unknown illness” has two broken legs.