Suffolk County SPCA is looking for the person(s) who threw an 8-week-old puppy out of a moving vehicle on Middle Country Road in Calverton Wednesday.
A witness notified the SPCA of the incident, which took place at about 7 a.m. near Calverton National Cemetery, according to a press release issued by the SPCA yesterday.
The vehicle was described as a dark-colored SUV. The first three letters on the SUV’s license plate were reportedly TZR. It was a NY plate, the SPCA said.
The puppy, a Pit Bull mix, was transported to an animal hospital in Riverhead, the SPCA said.
The puppy was not seriously injured in the incident, suffering only some minor scrapes, Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross said in a phone interview this morning. It was cold and snowing Wednesday morning and if the puppy had not been immediately rescued it would have gotten frostbite — or worse.
The young man who witnessed the incident works at a veterinary hospital and is adopting the dog himself, Gross said. The witness asked not to be identified by the SPCA but he gave interviews to Newsday and News 12, which identified him as Michael Koemm, 22, of Coram who works as a veterinary aide at East End Veterinary Center in Riverhead.
Koemm told Newsday he has named her Elsa after the princess in the movie “Frozen” and took her home. She is in good health, he said.
The SPCA is offering a $2,000 and the New York State Humane Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible “for this heinous act of animal cruelty,” according to the SPCA press release.
If you recognize this dog or have any information, please contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631 372-7722.
All calls will be kept confidential, the SPCA said.
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