Anyone with information about the people who threw a dog out of a moving car on North Whidbey could earn $2,000.
Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation and Pasado’s Safe Haven are working together to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved. The suspect or suspects may be guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree, which is a felony, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.
The dog had to be euthanized after suffering “massive trauma,” according to Animal Control Officer Carol Barnes.
The incident occurred at about 8 p.m., Monday, March 6, on Highway 20 near the intersection with Banta Road.
A witness reported that a white-colored, four-door SUV slowed and a rear passenger opened the door and threw the dog out of the vehicle. The SUV swerved and struck the dog. A vehicle following behind also struck the dog.
Good Samaritans at the scene jumped into action and transported the badly injured dog to the Pet Emergency Center in Mount Vernon.
Barnes said the dog was brought to Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation in Island County, where she received a second opinion on the dog’s prospects of survival. The dog was humanely euthanized Tuesday.
The pitbull, named Daisy, was about 6 years old, Barnes said. She was a red-colored female with white on her chest.
Barnes said the dog was microchipped, so she was able to track down the original owner and a subsequent owner. The dog was lost in June of 2016 and it’s unknown who had been caring for her since.
Anyone with information about the owner of the dog or the identity of the driver or occupants of the vehicle is asked to contact Barnes via the ICOM dispatch center at 360-679-9567 or Tips@co.island.wa.us.