Two dogs recovering after being thrown out moving vehicle on New York interstate

"Trooper" the dog suffered severe injuries after being thrown from a moving vehicle on a New York interstate. (Photo: Broome County Humane Society)

NEW YORK (WTHR) – Two dogs are recovering after they were thrown from a moving vehicle on a New York interstate Wednesday.

New York State Police were patrolling Interstate 81 in the Whitney Point area when officers spotted a tractor trailer parked in the left lane of the interstate around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a Facebook post by the police department, the troopers observed the door of the tractor trailer was open and no one in the vehicle. As they looked up the interstate, they spotted the truck driver carrying one badly injured dog and another following behind him.

The two dogs were taken to the Broome County Humane Society where one of the dogs was found severely injured. The other dog appeared to be in good condition.

The severely injured dog, who the humane society is calling "Trooper", suffered a compound fracture of his distal radius and ulna on one front leg and a hairline fracture of the ulna on the other front leg.

Trooper has lung contusions and broken ribs and has a contusion on his shoulder that is into the joint.

Due to the extent of Trooper's injury, one of his legs had to be amputated.

The humane society provided this happy update Saturday:

Donations to assist with medical expenses for the dogs can be made here.

The New York State Police department is still looking for the person responsible in this incident.

The truck driver who found the dogs told troopers he believes the vehicle was an older Dodge Durango. He described the vehicle as very dirty and had rust along the hatch near the bumper area.

Investigators hope that a dash cam on the vehicle may have captured some of the incident but so far have no other leads.

The vehicle was traveling south on I-81 between the Marathon and Whitney Point exit at approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, anyone with information is asked to call SP Homer at (607) 749-1614.

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