State Police are seeking help from the public in locating the people who were seen throwing two beagle-mix dogs out the window of a moving SUV onto the side of Interstate 81, between Marathon and Whitney Point in Cortland County.
Police say the crime happened at around 9:30 Wednesday morning (December 12).
A good Samaritan in a tractor trailer saw the crime and immediately stopped to help the dogs. State Police saw the trailer pulled over with the door open and no one in the vehicle. When they pulled over themselves, they found the driver holding a badly injured dog with one other following him on foot.
The Troopers immediately sprung into action to help care for the animals. One of them, a K9 handler, bandaged the injured dog to stop bleeding and splinted its leg, while others kept the dog warm in a warming blanket and in the truck driver’s sweatshirt. The smaller dog was fed dog biscuits and ate half a box.
They were taken into emergency care at the scene by the Broome County Humane Society and are now being treated. Officials say the worse-injured of the two may have to have a leg amputated due to extreme fracturing.
The SUV is described as an older model dark-blue Dodge Durango. It was very dirty at the time and also had rust along the hatch near the rear bumper.
The noble man who stopped to help the dogs prefers to remain anonymous. He told investigators he believes the dogs were thrown from the rear, passenger side window.
No information is available on the plates at this point. State Police are hoping dash cam footage will reveal more information, but at this time have no leads.
Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at Homer at (607)749-1614
Moving now to the area of Hoxie Gorge-Freetown Road.
Members of Cortland County SPCA Law Enforcement say they responded to a call around 4:30 yesterday (December 13) evening to find a dog tied to a tree and abandoned about 100 yards into non-residential woods near the area of 2935 Hoxie Gorge Freetown Road in the town of Freetown.
Another good Samaritan passerby heard the dog barking and noticed a red, early 2000’s model Dodge 1500 pickup truck with wide tires leaving the scene.
The Samaritan couldn’t get plate information, but then followed footsteps from the road to find the dog tied to a tree, abandoned in the cold and left for dead.
Investigators from the Cortland County SPCA responded to the scene and took the dog into their care, assisted by members of the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department.
The dog is a brown/white boxer mix with a red leash (see picture on the right).
SPCA Law Enforcement is now asking anyone who may have more information on this incident to contact them at (607)753-9386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.