HOLMDEL, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Investigators are searching for the person who apparently threw a dog out of a moving car on the Garden State Parkway.
The Asbury Park Press reports the brown female mixed terrier was then struck by another car, leaving the animal seriously injured.
Officials say the incident happened between noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, in the southbound express lanes of the highway near Exit 116 in Holmdel Township. A good Samaritan saw what happened and stayed with the dog and also called state police.
Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the Monmouth County SPCA Victor “Buddy” Amato told WCBS 880 the dog is at an animal hospital where they are trying to stabilize it.
“The state police were called and the female state trooper who showed up on scene, which I credit for the dog even being alive right now, had the smarts to even race the dog immediately to our headquarters which from there she immediately transported it to Red Bank Animal Hospital,” Amato said.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.
A woman was arrested and charged in July with throwing a dog from her car and leaving the animal at a gas station in Mastic, Long Island.
Josephine Rivera was charged with misdemeanor abandonment in connection with the June 23 incident, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals reported.
The incident was caught on video when it happened in Mastic. Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross told CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport 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 said earlier this month.
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.
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