MASTIC, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A $2,000 reward is being offered for information after a dog was thrown from a car on Long Island last week, the Suffolk County SPCA said Thursday.
Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross said the entire incident was caught on video.
It happened on June 23 in Mastic. Gross said a witness saw a woman in her 30s throw a small, white-colored Toy Poodle-type dog from her car in front of an Exxon gas station on Montauk Highway.
“It’s looking up at the window like ‘get me back in the car. Get me back in the car,'” Gross told CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport.
The video shows a passenger in the front seat throw food out the window to distract the dog, authorities said. Then the driver takes off and the dog frantically chases after the car.
The witness then boxed the woman in with his car and got out to talk to her about what he saw, Gross said.
“The Good Samaritan blocked the vehicle and starts yelling at the woman, giving her a piece of his mind, ‘what are you doing,'” he said. “She says ‘I can’t keep the dog. The dog is very attached to me. When I leave it cries all the time.'”
The SPCA said the woman promised the witness she would go back, get the dog and bring it to a shelter.
But, “The Good Samaritan goes to the shelter to make sure that the dog was brought in. Sure enough the dog is there, but how the dog got there was it was found by the State Park Police in Smith Point Park wandering around in the parking lot,” gross said.
The witness described her as Hispanic with brown straight hair, a small piercing in her lower lip and a tattoo of a name written in script on the right side of her neck, Gross said.
According to the witness, there were also four young children between the ages of 3 and 5 in the back seat of her car at the time, none of which were buckled in, Gross said. An older child was in the front seat.
Gross told 1010 WINS he can’t understand why someone could be so cruel to an animal.
“Why would you do something like that is beyond understanding that anybody can be so cruel as to take their pet and just throw it out…if she didn’t want the dog she could have contacted any one of the shelters,” he said.
The dog is now in foster care and could soon be adopted.
The car was described as a small, white four-door sedan.
Gross said the woman could be facing criminal charges and asked her to turn herself in. Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.
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