Roseville police release video of abandoned dog

Candice Williams and Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Roseville — Police released a video on Tuesday that appears to show two men chaining up a dog and abandoning her behind a Walmart.

The video was shot around 7 a.m. Jan. 18, when the men, who police believe to be in their 20s, apparently abandoned the beagle/pit mix. She was found with a cable snagged around her body and was missing half of her back paw.

In the video, a car pulls up behind the store and sits for several seconds until two men exit and remove the dog from the backseat. One man walks with the dog to a fence and crouches out of view of the camera.

Both men return to the car and drive away, leaving the dog behind.

The investigation continues as police look for the two men, who were captured on the store camera driving a dark-colored Chrysler 200.

Animal rescue group Guardians for Animals on Monday announced a $1,000 reward for those responsible for abandoning the dog, now named Courtney.

Melanie Wittner, founder and director of Roseville's Hopeful Heart Rescue, which rescued the dog, previously said she suspects the cable grew tighter the more Courtney became entangled in it. Wittner also said it appears the dog chewed off her left back paw to get free.

The dog is recovering from an amputated leg and surgery to remove bones from her stomach. She will be put up for adoption, Wittner said.

Based on the dog's "very friendly" demeanor with the men who left her at the Walmart, Wittner said, she believes they were her owners.

Detroit News Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed.