On Thursday, Jan. 2, The Columbian reported that two dogs were thrown from a moving vehicle onto Interstate 205 in Vancouver, Wash. on the night of Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Andrew Naidenov, 22, witnessed a white four-door vehicle slowing down to 15 to 20 mph on the on-ramp near NE Padden. He then saw the left rear door open and two small dogs were forced onto the shoulder of the on-ramp.
Trooper Will Finn with the Washington State Patrol stated that Naidenov called 911 at 9:55 p.m. and pulled over to check on the dogs, who both jumped into his car.
Troopers are now trying to find at least two people who allegedly threw the dogs from the moving vehicle.
“That was a shock to me,” stated Naidenov. “I pressed on the horn and didn’t let go.”
Afterward, the white car took off at a rapid rate.
He added: “I considered trying to follow them, but I thought the dogs would probably go into forest and something would happen to them."
The two dogs were a tan female Cocker Spaniel and a tan male Chihuahua who were rolling around on the ground. Naidenov opened his trunk and both dogs - who were apparently uninjured - jumped inside.
Troopers responded to the call and Naidenov told them that there were at least two people in the vehicle. Critter-Gitter, a company that provides support for animal control issues, also responded, taking the dogs to the Humane Society of Southwest Washington.
The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is a non-profit 501(c)(3) animal shelter. You can help support their lifesaving efforts by donating here.
While the dogs did have collars, they did not have any tags. According to troopers, it is not yet known if the dogs were microchipped.
The car is described as a white mid- to late-90s Ford Taurus with Washington plates that may have had three letters followed by four numbers.
“It’s just sad, it’s a terrible thing,” said Trooper Will Finn.
It is against the law to abandon a pet in Washington State. Under RCW 16.52.207:
(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the second degree if, under circumstances not amounting to first degree animal cruelty, the person knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence inflicts unnecessary suffering or pain upon an animal.
(c) Abandons the animal and (i) as a result of being abandoned, the animal suffers bodily harm; or (ii) abandoning the animal creates an imminent and substantial risk that the animal will suffer substantial bodily harm.
Do you have information about this case? Please forward any tips to Trooper Justin Maier at 360 449 7999.
Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.
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