CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Authorities in Colorado have launched a search for the person who is suspected of throwing a small dog out of a moving vehicle while on a highway in northeastern Colorado earlier this week.
The Jefferson County sheriff’s office responded to a witness report on Tuesday around 1:45 p.m. that a dog was thrown from a black sedan on Interstate 76 before Sheridan Boulevard, law enforcement officials stated.
A small dog was thrown from a black Lexus sedan driving Eastbound on I-76 just before Sheridan Boulevard at 1:45 p.m. today. If you have info on the possible owner or were a witness, call Animal Control at 303-271-5070. Miniature poodle, cream, critical condition. pic.twitter.com/MIRO2aAOew— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) April 20, 2021
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Witnesses told police it appeared the miniature poodle was deliberately thrown, according to multiple Colorado media reports. The dog was observed to have been tossed from a black Lexus sedan driving eastbound on I-76 near Sheridan Boulevard.
Authorities said the dog was taken to Foothills Animal Shelter in critical condition where it later died.
“Despite extensive efforts by Foothills Animal Shelter’s veterinarian and health care team, as well as the health care team of an emergency animal clinic, the dog was unable to be saved and is at peace. Thank you for your offers to help and your support of Foothills,” Jefferson County Sheriff officials later tweeted.
The sheriff’s office has urged anyone with additional information to call police.