PASCO COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) — Investigators are asking for witnesses to come forward in the case of a dog that was reported to have been thrown from a van. The incident has enraged many, even though the sheriff’s office has not verified that the dog was thrown from a vehicle.
A witness reported seeing a dog thrown from a minivan as it drove through the intersection of Orchid Lake Road and Floral View Way early Friday morning. When the large, mixed breed dog hit the pavement, his organs were pushed into his abdominal cavity, and his diaphragm and pelvis broke.
The dog was given the name “Joe” and was treated by the staff at San Francis Veterinary Hospital in Spring Hill. Joe underwent surgery at the hospital on Monday morning, but did not survive.
“We would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support we have seen over this past weekend. Heaven has gained another angel,” the hospital said in a statement.
Meredith Balasco became outraged when she saw the story.
“I was just devastated, sick to my stomach. I can’t even believe that a person can do this. Hopefully they will find her and that’s why I want to get the word out that we can make donations to get this woman captured and go for the punishment that’s due,” said Balasco.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says the case is being actively investigated, but they need other witnesses to come forward to verify the original story.
“What we need right now are more witnesses to come forward to ensure what was seen was actually seen. We’re hoping people will come forward and give us information that can help piece the details together and that way we can solve this case,” said Eddie Daniels with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Daniels says community support for the dog has been awesome, now they just want someone to come forward with more information to help solve the case.
The witness said a woman was driving a white or grey minivan and tossed the dog out of the vehicle.
The suspect is described as a large, heavy set female, 45 years old, and has blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail. She was wearing glasses.
If you have information that can help investigators, contact the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-854-2862.
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