Heartbreaking moment dog is dumped on side of road before chasing after car

A devastated dog tried to chase after a car having been dumped on the side of the road.

Nicole Crossley photographed the pooch – believed to be a fox terrier – in Mickleham, Melbourne, Australia, at 11am on Sunday, January 24.

In a heartbreaking shot, the dog is seen giving chase to a silver SUV.

While the photo is not quite clear, the vehicle is believed to be a mid-late 2000s model Mercedes Benz L Class, Daily Mail Australia reports.

Ms Crossley wrote on Facebook group Lost Pets North and Inner Suburbs (Melbourne, Australia): “The poor little one chased and kept up with [a] car for a while on foot, but I lost sight of it after it approached the bend.

“I’ve just spent the last hour in the car and on foot trying to find the poor little dog to no avail.”

The post was shared thousands of times as locals joined in the search.

A group admin later posted: “Unsubstantiated report, the Fox Terrier/Jack Russell seen dumped from the Vehicle in Mickleham, may be a payback of sorts against the owner.

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“Report indicates there may have been previous posts on social media regarding the dog being left to roam all day.

“None of the above is known fact, this has been advised to the admins of this group by message.

“If you're a resident in Mickleham and are aware of a possible frequently roaming dog and angst by others, please check with the owner if the dog has returned home. Thanks.”

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RSPCA Victoria is currently investigating the incident.

A spokesperson said: “Abandonment of an animal comes with many dangers to their life, such as being exposed to road accidents, or being unable to access food or water.

“It also exposes them to the elements, such as extreme heat, which can result in heat stress or heatstroke.”

They added: “RSPCA Victoria urges pet owners who may no longer be able to look after their animals to surrender them to an animal shelter, where they can be cared for and found a new, loving home.”

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