Surveillance video captured the moments a man walked into a Philadelphia animal shelter and stole a dog.
Philadelphia’s Animal Care & Control team, commonly known as ACCT Philly, said the man left with Withers, one of the small dogs, from their location at the hunting park around 5 p.m. Monday.
The video shows the man scanning the metal crates before kneeling down in front of one. He then removes the dog, tucking it under his arm as he walks out. It took him about 20 seconds.
Workers said when they tried to stop the man, he sped into his car.
Withers was days away from going to her new family, ACCT Philly said.
In a Facebook post, ACCT Philly said, “If you’re reading this and it was you who stole the dog, we want to make sure he’s safe. If he was your dog and you wanted to get him back that’s fine as we want to reunite as many pets with their people as possible but we have a process for getting pets back which includes giving you his medical information as he has been microchipped and vaccinated.
Sarah Barnett, ACCT Philly’s acting co-executive director, said she was working with Philadelphia police to track down information about the vehicle from security camera footage.
“We really can’t understand why anyone would steal a dog; we have so many to adopt and have the lowest adoption fees in the area,” Sarah Barnett, Acting Co-Executive Director of ACCT Philly, said in an email.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact ACCT Philly at [email protected] or the Philadelphia Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 215-686-TIPS.