On the night of Wednesday, Jan. 1, a Cocker Spaniel and a Chihuahua were thrown from a moving vehicle onto Interstate 205 in Vancouver, Wash.
Andrew Naidenov, 22, witnessed a white four-door vehicle slowing down to 15 to 20 mph on the on-ramp near NE Padden. He then saw the left rear door open and two small dogs were forced onto the shoulder of the on-ramp.
Trooper Will Finn with the Washington State Patrol stated that Naidenov called 911 at 9:55 p.m. and pulled over to check on the dogs, who both jumped into his car.
The dogs, a tan Cocker Spaniel named "Seeley" and a tan Chihuahua named "Poncho," were both injured, but neither had identifying tags on their collars, either.
Naidenov saw the dogs on the side of the road wrote a post to his Facebook page stating:
Currently sitting on the on-ramp with a poodle and a Chihuahua in my trunk waiting for animal control to pick them up. I wish those people would have tried Craigslist instead! Lol.
An investigation showed that the dogs' owner, Geraldine Davis, was not the person who threw the animals onto the on-ramp.
The vehicle that threw out these animals is described as a white mid- to late-90s Ford Taurus with Washington plates that may have had three letters followed by four numbers.
The two dogs were fortunate that a good Samaritan stopped to help them off of the road.
“It’s just sad, it’s a terrible thing,” stated Trooper Will Finn.
Thankfully, the situation didn't end in tragedy - but it was still illegal.
It is against the law to abandon a pet in Washington State. Under RCW 16.52.207:
(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the second degree if, under circumstances not amounting to first degree animal cruelty, the person knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence inflicts unnecessary suffering or pain upon an animal.
(c) Abandons the animal and (i) as a result of being abandoned, the animal suffers bodily harm; or (ii) abandoning the animal creates an imminent and substantial risk that the animal will suffer substantial bodily harm.
Do you have information about this case? Please forward any tips to Trooper Justin Maier at 360 449 7999.
Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.
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