VIDEO: Woman punches dog outside animal shelter

Posted at 12:14 PM, Apr 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-02 21:42:15-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WTVR) - The Colonial Heights Animal Shelter posted video on its Facebook page that appears to show a woman punching a dog outside the shelter.

The "punch" occurs around the :52 mark

The video was taken outside the shelter Monday night, according to the shelter's Facebook post.

"We need your help to identify this person," the post read. "Someone dropped off 5 fish tanks full of fish at our shelter. She also punched a dog that was in her vehicle."

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Rolling security cameras show the unidentified woman casually reaching into the back of her late model Ford Explorer and placing the tanks outside the locked gates of the Animal Control shelter about 9 p.m. Monday.

Surveillance cameras catch the woman in the act. What is so disturbing is that the woman can be seen punching a dog in her vehicle.

Animal abuse and trespassing charges are pending against the woman, a person familiar with the investigation said.

Animals are only accepted at the shelter during normal business hours.

The woman's vehicle appears to be a newer model silver or grey Ford Explorer, the post indicated.

"The person appears to a black female 25-35 years old. Her hair is braided in rows," the post read. "The dog in the video is a German Shepherd."

Dog owner Danny Evans of South Hill was saddened when he heard about the video.

"The woman doesn't deserve an animal if she is going to treat them like that," Evans said. "It sounds like she has anger issues. She needs therapy."

The dozens of tropical fish have all been adopted and found homes.

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Anyone with information about the woman is asked to call Master Officer Arehart at 804-520-9397.

"Please contact us if you can help us identify this person," the posted said. "The dog in the video will very much appreciate your help."