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5:45 P.M. THURSDAY UPDATE:
(WBNG) — Police have released information about the vehicle involved in the crime on Interstate 81 Wednesday.
New York State Police say the tractor-trailer driver who stopped to help the animals told investigators he believes the dogs were thrown from the rear, passenger side window of a dark-blue Dodge Durango. According to police, the vehicle was reportedly very dirty and has rust near the bumper.
Investigators say they don’t have information on the vehicle’s license plates.
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Humane Society took in two Beagle dogs on Wednesday that were reported to be thrown from a vehicle on Interstate 81 southbound.
New York State Police said a tractor trailer driver from Syracuse told troopers that he saw the dogs thrown from a dark-colored SUV that he was behind.
Troopers said it happened around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Cortland and Broome County border, between Marathon and Whitney Point.
The driver stopped on the left side of the road to rescue the dogs and contact authorities.
“He seemed to be very angry that somebody could do such a despicable act to dogs,” said New York State Police Troop C Public Information Officer, Trooper Aga Dembinska.
“Our hearts are breaking right now,” the organization wrote on its Facebook page. “One is severely injured and in route for emergency veterinary care. The other appears to be in good condition but will get checked out to be sure!”
The dog in serious condition was later named Trooper.
The humane society believes he is between the ages of six and eight years old.
The driver who found him bundled him up in his sweatshirt, while New York State troopers later bandaged his wounds.
According to the humane society, Trooper has numerous injuries including two fractured legs, broken ribs and a lung contusion.
Officials say X-rays are being sent to an orthopedic specialist and that the dog is receiving medication to keep him comfortable at Colonial Animal Hospital in Ithaca.
“This is not at all acceptable,” exclaimed Broome County Humane Society Director, Karen Matson. “Trooper is in dire straits right now and it’s unnecessary, and none of us like to see it, it’s the sad reality of this business, but we’re doing the best we can with the help from the community to try to get him the care that he needs.”
Matson said Trooper will see an orthopedic surgeon on Thursday and is expected to have surgery.
The other beagle who was rescued was named Adam after the truck driver who said he witnessed the incident.
Matson said the Beagle, believed to be around the age of five years old, only have road rash from the interstate.
He remains in Binghamton awaiting a happy home.
“What’s very endearing about this is that the gentleman who saved him on the highway is very interested in making his home the forever home for these dogs,” said Matson.
The organization said thank you to the man named Adam who witnessed the event. It also thanked the troopers who arrived and cared for the the dogs until the humane society arrived.
Matson reminds pet owners to be responsible for you animal even if you can’t take care of it anymore:
“There are options for people who no longer want to keep their pets. Take them to a shelter, call your neighbors, take them to a police station, take them to a fire station. Don’t dump them just reach out to some agency that can assist you in finding the right resources to place animals in a safe environment.”
Trooper Dembinska said Adam, the truck driver, has a dashboard camera in his tractor trailer. Authorities say they are waiting for that video to get back to them to track down the person responsible.
If you’d like to help with the pricey medical expenses for these and other dogs in the shelter, you can donate here.
If you know any information about these dogs or the circumstance, contact New York State Police.
PHOTOS: Broome County Humane Society