- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Surveillance cameras set up in Kansas City, Missouri, to catch illegal dumping also has led to the rescue of a dog who had been dumped.

Kansas City codes officer Alan Ashurst told The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1RT906r ) he had seen quite a bit since he’s been using hidden cameras to capture illegal dumping. But he said he hadn’t seen anything like the sight of a 3-year-old male pit bull terrier mix being shoved out of a car, the driver pulling away and the dog chasing after the car.

“This is as mad as I’ve ever been. I just couldn’t believe it,” Ashurst recalled of the images he saw Dec. 18.

Ashurst said the images were dated Dec. 10, so he didn’t know whether the abandoned dog was still near the dump site.

He contacted Kansas City’s animal health and public safety office, and special investigator Eron Dawkins then also began reviewing the photos. Dawkins realized the dog continued to show up in the camera’s photos from that day, Dec. 18. So he and Ashurst went back to the site and found the dog in nearby woods.

Dawkins got a can of food and lured the hungry but friendly animal to come to him.

“I was excited to go out there to rescue this animal,” he said.

Neither Ashurst, a Kansas City employee for seven years, nor Dawkins, a decade-long city employee, could recall where two departments worked so well together, using the hidden cameras to save an animal’s life. Often, Dawkins said, they get reports of abandoned pets but can’t find them.

They took the dog to KC Pet Project, which operates the city’s animal shelter. The dog, given the name Mojave at the shelter, and has since been adopted.

Thanks to the cameras, investigators also used the license plate captured in the photos and cited the owner for four violations, each carrying up to $500 in fines.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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