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Authorities search for person who tossed dog from moving car

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

According to Sunday's publication of the Asbury Park Press, a dog was hurled from a moving car on Saturday afternoon in Holmdel Township, N.J.

The incident took place between noon and 1 p.m. in the southbound express lanes of the Garden State Parkway near exit 116. After being thrown from the moving car, the mixed breed terrier was struck by another vehicle - the incident left the dog with critical, life-threatening injuries.

A good Samaritan, who witnessed the incident, stayed with the dog and phoned 9-1-1. State Trooper Tara Karagias arrived to the scene and rushed the critically injured dog to a veterinary hospital. Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the Monmouth County SPCA Victor “Buddy” Amato has credited the trooper for saving the dog:

“The state police were called and the female state trooper who showed up on scene, which I credit for the dog even being alive right now, had the smarts to even race the dog immediately to our headquarters which from there she immediately transported it to Red Bank Animal Hospital,”

Veterinary staff at Red Bank Animal Hospital were able to stabilize the dog, who has been named "Tara," in honor of the trooper who helped save her life. On Sunday, the veterinary hospital provided the following brief update to their Facebook followers:

At this time, the dog is in stable condition. We will provide updates as permitted by Chief Amato. Thank you to everyone for caring, and for any help you can provide.

The veterinary hospital also asked that Tara's photo be shared with the hopes that it helps lead the police to the people responsible for her injuries. The veterinary hospital stated:

Buddy Amato, chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA has asked that we share this photo in hopes that someone may have information about the incident, specifically a description of the vehicle. If so, please contact Buddy at 732-312-7153. He said a $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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