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Dog who was hurled from moving car released from vet and reunited with owner

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According to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, the dog who was allegedly tossed from a moving vehicle on the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel Township, N.J., last weekend has been released from their care and her owners have been located and questioned.

On Monday afternoon, the following information was released to the Facebook followers of the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital:

Buddy Amato, chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA said the dog’s owners were located but they are not suspects in the case, and the dog was taken from them without their consent prior to the event that occurred on the Garden State Parkway.

The veterinary hospital added:

The owners sincerely thank everyone for their support but do not wish to come forward at this time. They have asked us to share these photos of Lema, which were taken right before she was discharged from the hospital.

From the family: “Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive and diligent in helping our girl.”

The incident took place between noon and 1 p.m. in the southbound express lanes of the Garden State Parkway near exit 116 on Saturday. 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 witness had phoned 9-1-1 and stayed with the injured dog until the authorities arrived; State Trooper Tara Karagias responded to the scene and rushed the critically injured dog to a veterinary hospital.

The veterinary hospital commented on the need for veterinary funds for the injured dog, stating:

In response to those who want to donate money to assist with Lima’s initial medical bills incurred when she was first found and under the guardianship of the Monmouth County SPCA, please contact the Monmouth County SPCA at (732) 542-0040 about their Duchess Fund.

Chief Amato is still looking for information about the incident, specifically a description of the vehicle. Anyone who has information on this case is asked to phone 732-312-7153. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Find the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital on Facebook here.

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