Illegal dumping cameras lead to animal rescue

Posted at 3:50 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 18:12:10-05

Hidden cameras that are used to catch people illegally dumping in Kansas City have now helped rescue a dog that was abandoned by its owner.

Pictures show two people inside a vehicle pull over by a dumpsite in the 4500 block of Brooklyn, open a door and then dump the dog before driving away.

The dog, a 3-year-old pit bull mix, can even be seen chasing the van after it started to drive away in the picture below. 

Investigators were able trace the license plate to William F. Lee, who now faces charges of animal abandonment, not having a pet license, allowing an animal to run at large and not having a pit bull neutered.

41 Action News caught up with William F. Lee and told us, he has never owned a dog and lives in a place that doesn't allow animals. 

An Animal Health and Public Safety officer successfully rescued the dog a few days later, which has undergone medical examination and treatment. Officials say the dog, named Mojave, is healthy and has now been adopted from the KC Pet Project

The City of Kansas City reminds pet owners to protect pets against cold weather and to never dump an animal on the side of the road.