Surgeons to amputate leg of beagle ‘Trooper’ rescued from I-81

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5:45 P.M. 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.


ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — We have an update on one of the dogs authorities say were thrown from a vehicle Wednesday morning on Interstate 81 southbound between Marathon and Whitney Point.

According to the Broome County Humane Society, the beagle that suffered the worst injuries, Trooper, is at Colonial Animal Hospital in Ithaca.

Staff at the Humane Society said Thursday that surgeons tried to save both legs that were fractured, but the damage was “too extensive” on one of them. They say Trooper will need to have that leg amputated. Surgeons said they are confident they can repair the other leg.

The Broome County Humane Society told 12 News the dog, which is likely between the ages of six and eight, was in surgery at 4 p.m Thursday. There was no update on his broken ribs and bruised lungs.

Karen Matson, Executive Director of Broome County Humane Society, said Trooper will be able to live a fine life with three legs, but he does have a long road of recovery ahead oh him.

The shelter said it will look for a foster family for the dog once it’s determined what type of recovery treatment is needed.

Adam, the other beagle, is not up for adoption at this time, as he suffered road rash.

The shelter said it named the dogs after those who came to their aid on the highway.

Related: BC Humane Society treating dogs believed to be thrown from vehicle on I-81

WBNG Staff

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