MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. -- Officials are trying to figure out who threw a 5-month-old puppy out of a moving car over the weekend, reports CBS New York.
Detective Robert Sowers of the Nassau County SPCA told the station that someone tossed the puppy out of a car in Uniondale on Saturday night. There was an eyewitness, he says.
"The woman had witnessed a car slowing down, a door opening, and the dog being thrown out," Sowers said. "Then the car sped up and took off."
The puppy did not appear to be injured in the incident, but it is likely there was past abuse, reports the CBS New York. The puppy was frightened and apprehensive, according to police, but otherwise okay.
She is now being cared for at Massapequa Pet Vet. Rescuers have named the mixed-breed puppy Bandit, according to the station.
"She may have some lab, she may have some pit bull, but also that corkscrew tail that she has she may have some bulldog in her," veterinarian Dr. Ned Horowitz said. "It's an adorable dog and she will make somebody a very wonderful pet."
A $5,000 reward is reportedly being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information can contact Sowers at 516-843-7722 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
"Somebody knows who owned this pup," Sowers told CBS New York. "We're fed up as all animal people are with the total callousness and disregard for life that people show."
This follows a similar incident after another person pushed a dog out of a car in Suffolk County and abandoned it.