BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – After two beagles were allegedly tossed out a moving vehicle on an interstate highway in New York, police are asking the public to help identify the driver.
The dogs, now named Trooper and Adam, are in the care of the Broome County Humane Society. Trooper's injury was so severe that one of his legs had to be amputated.
“These animals have been through a lot, and people need to understand that this is not OK,” said Amberly Ondria, shelter manager for the Broome County Humane Society. “This is not something that should be done.”
The dogs were found Wednesday morning, when state troopers on Interstate 81 in Whitney Point, about 15 miles north of Binghamton, spotted a tractor-trailer parked in the left lane. They found the truck driver carrying one badly injured dog, with another following from behind.
A New York State Police K9 handler bandaged the injured dog to stop bleeding, and splinted its leg while other troopers kept the dog warm in a blanket and in the truck driver’s sweatshirt.
The smaller of the two dogs, both of them believed to be a beagle mix, ate half a box of biscuits.
The truck driver told state police he saw another driver slow down on I-81, roll down the rear passenger window and throw the dogs out the window.
According to the witness, the suspect vehicle was "very dirty" and had rust along the hatch near the bumper. The witness stopped his truck immediately to recover the dogs.
Troopers said the suspect vehicle is believed to be a Dodge Durango that was traveling south on I-81 between the Marathon and Whitney Point exit at approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Investigators said they hope a dash cam on the Good Samaritan's vehicle might have captured some of the incident, but no further leads have developed.
Anyone with information is asked to call New York State Police: 607-749-1614.
The Humane Society said both dogs are recovering and that Trooper will get along fine on three legs once he is fully healed.
Donations to help the dogs with veterinary care can be made through the Humane Society's website: bchumanesoc.com.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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