The RSPCA has released "heartbreaking" video of a dog being abandoned at the roadside.
The footage captured on CCTV in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, last week shows the Staffordshire bull terrier jumping at the driver's window of a car after its passenger leaves a dog bed nearby.
RSPCA inspectors are now appealing for information to identify the passenger and driver, who were filmed at the corner of Timor Grove and Pacific Road at around 5pm on Monday December 17.
The white dog was found sitting in the bed by a passer-by during the following hour and was taken to a vet, who called the RSPCA.
PLEASE RT! We have CCTV footage of a man callously dumping a dog in Stoke-on-Trent. The distressed dog chases after the car as it drives away. Please help @RSPCA_official find the man responsible. Awful that someone can do this! The dog is thankfully ok and now safe pic.twitter.com/AW8HNvVwdQ
— Rachel Butler RSPCA 🐾🐶🐦 (@RachRSPCA) December 24, 2018
RSPCA inspector Natalie Perehovsky said: "The footage has to be seen to be believed, it's just awful.
"To see the poor dog in such obvious distress, jumping up at the car as it drives away, is just heartbreaking. I can't understand how someone could do this.
"The vets scanned his microchip and we have traced two previous owners in the Birmingham area, but do not believe either are the current owners, and therefore not those responsible for abandoning the dog.
"One man can be seen clearly in the footage dumping the dog, and there is a second person in the driver's seat of the car. I am very keen to hear from anyone who recognises the vehicle, the man or the dog."
Veterinary staff have nicknamed the dog Snoop, and said he is in good condition and thought to be two years old.
Described by vets as "a friendly, lovely boy", the dog is currently being cared for at a private boarding kennels.
Inspector Perehovsky added: "Anyone who recognises the vehicle, the dog or the men in the footage can contact me in complete confidence, by leaving me a message on our inspector's appeal line number on 0300 123 8018.
"It beggars belief that someone could abandon a dog like this at Christmas, but we are so thankful to the kind people who found Snoop sitting sadly in his bed, for taking him to the safety of a vet's straight away."