In a Texas boneyard where discarded pets are left to die, a news crew caught one dog clinging to life.
The Dallas Morning News was following animal rescuer Marina Tarashevska, who visits the pet dumping ground on Teagarden Road in southeast Dallas every morning to sift through the carcasses of dogs tied up in garbage bags and left for dead.
Usually, Tarashevska searches for evidence to help build a case against those who dispose of unwanted pets as they do the evening trash. (The dumping ground is filled with decomposing bodies, and the smell of rotting flesh permeates the air.) But on this trip with the camera crew, she found something different: a dog still alive and moving.
Brought in from the deep of the woods and offered food and water, the dog — now named Hope — was one of the lucky ones. Many others like her were never found, and slowly wasted away in this stretch of land off the side of the road.
See Hope’s story in the video here:
This pet dumping ground is not legal, but it used heavily by those who no longer want to take care of their pets. The news clip shows a problem that plagues Dallas, and local authorities are seemingly doing little about.
Pet abandonment is hardly unique to Texas, however. An estimated 4 million pets are abandoned in the United States — and 600 million pets abandoned around the world — every year, according to Aid Animals. This includes animals dropped off at shelters as well as those simply ditched and left to die.