VANCOUVER, Wash. – A driver rescued two dogs after they were thrown from a moving car in Vancouver Wednesday night.
Andrew Naidenov called 9-1-1 after he saw a car slow down to about 15 mph on the on-ramp from Northeast Padden Parkway to northbound Interstate 205, according to Trooper Will Finn with Washington State Patrol. A door opened and someone threw two small dogs onto the shoulder.
Naidenov pulled over to check on the dogs and they both jumped into his car, Finn said.
Naidenov said he faced a dilemma.
"I could chase these people down and get their license plate number, but I realized if I took that option, the dogs would probably get run over or run off or something. So I pulled off the street and they came to me, and I went from there."
The dogs, a male Chihuahua and female Cocker Spaniel, were not hurt. They both had collars on, but no tags.
The owner of the dogs, Geraldine Davis, said Thursday that the dogs were in her backyard loft at about 8 p.m. Wednesday before she went to bed. She said she thinks they got scared because of fireworks and ran out of the yard, escaping through the backyard fence.
When Davis woke up Thursday morning, she discovered her dogs were gone.
She posted an ad on Craigslist, and the humane society and animal control officials contacted her.
"I don't understand why people would do something like that," said Davis. "I'm just thankful for the person who picked them up."
Davis was later reunited with her dogs at the Humane Society of Southwest Washington. Clark County animal Control investigated and is confident Davis was not involved in the abuse.
Naidenov told state patrol that the suspect vehicle was a four-door white passenger car, possibly a mid-to-late-90s Ford Taurus. The vehicle has a Washington license plate with three letters followed by four numbers, Finn said.
There were at least two people in the car, Naidenov said.
The dogs were taken to Critter Gitter, and later turned over to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.
The suspects threw the dogs out of the car just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, and authorities are hoping members of the public have more information about who picked up the dogs and will come forward.