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SAN ANTONIO A man accused of tossing an unwanted dog outside a animal shelter says it's not what it looks like.

However, he may have trouble proving his case. Workers at Animal Care Services off Highway 151 said they saw the whole thing.

I did see, along with other ACS staff, what can only be described as a blatant act of animal cruelty, said ACS spokeswoman Lisa Norwood.

Workers quickly scrambled after the scared Chihuahua to keep her from getting hit by speeding traffic. They said the pup's name is Hope.

The owner, who requested to only be identified as Edward, said he took the pup out of its cage and left him at ACS, along with a note.

As I was taking off, I notice they were running after me, but I had already pulled out of the driveway and on to the Access Road. Thought about going back, but I wasn't sure.

So why didn't he turn around?

I had to get to work, and I didn't want to wait long. he said.

Norwood said this is actually the second time they saw the person try to dump the Chihuahua.

She was someone's pet, Norwood said. And we are still struggling with: How do you get to the point that you have such a disregard for your companion animal that you toss them like trash?

ACS workers said Grace was uninjured but that they will still pursue charges against the person responsible.

Hopefully he will go to sleep tonight knowing that we are coming, Norwood said.

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