(Meredith) – After a video went viral showing a Siberian husky being abandoned on the side of the road in Texas, the dog is now in a new loving home.

The new family picked up the dog from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office last week. The family did not want to be identified, but said after seeing the viral video of him being abandoned, they knew they had to adopt him.

Local animal rescue group Huckleberry Hound Rescue told KTSM they were in the area on a separate call when they happened to witness a vehicle dragging the husky before unleashing him and leaving him on the side of the road and driving away. The heartbreaking video shows the dog then chase after the vehicle.

Members of the rescue group recorded the video and called authorities to file a report. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Abandonment is considered a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail or a $4,000 fine.

Barbara Valencia, who helped facilitate the dog’s rescue, said there is a growing problem in El Paso of people abandoning pets.

“We’re seeing this on an everyday basis. The only reason [the husky] got so much attention is because someone videotaped it, but it’s happening every day,” Valencia told KTSM.

The husky’s new family named him Nanook, after the dog in the movie “The Lost Boys.”

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