Animal advocacy agencies are offering a combined $16,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest of the people who threw two dogs out of a moving vehicle last week.
On Dec. 12 around 9:30 a.m., a truck driver saw two beagles being thrown out of a vehicle on I-81 south near Marathon.
The vehicle was an older model blue or dark blue Dodge Durango.
The truck driver, from Syracuse, who was driving behind the Dodge Durango, pulled over to the median and ran to the rescue the dogs.
At that time, troopers who were patrolling the Interstate located the semi-truck pulled over, with the driver side door open.
As the troopers investigated, they spotted the truck driver carrying one badly injured dog and a second dog following.
Troopers immediately rendered assistance and a State Police K9 handler also arrived on scene and bandaged the injured dog to stop bleeding and splinted its leg while other troopers kept the dog warm in a warming blanket and the truck driver’s sweatshirt.
One of the dogs, now named Trooper, had to have one of his legs amputated due to the severity of his injuries. The other dog, Adam, sustained minor injuries. Adam was named after the truck driver who rescued him.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund contributed $10,000, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals $5,000, the New York State Humane Association $1,000 and a private donation $500 all have donated to help find the person or persons responsible.
Investigators still need tips locating the individual(s) involved. Anyone with information about the suspect(s) is asked to call State Police in Homer at (607) 749-1614.
Anyone with inquiries about adopting the dogs or providing a donation for the care of the dogs is asked to contact the Broome County Humane Society at (607) 724-3709.