The Suffolk County SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward in the case of a dog that was forced out of a sport utility vehicle on a Moriches road and then struck by another car and injured.
SPCA Chief Roy Gross said Wednesday the dog appeared to be a whippet mix, possibly shepherd and/or pit bull, and the bruised dog would probably make a full recovery.
The dog has a new home, Gross said, and his goal is to find a new home for the owner who abandoned the animal.
“He’s going to be arrested,” Gross said. “And, he’s going to jail. This is not acceptable, what happened here.”
The SPCA said a witness told them the dog was let out of the passenger side of an older model green Jeep Cherokee on Jerusalem Hollow Road about 4 p.m. on Jan. 18. The dog ran to the driver’s side, where the witness told authorities the driver “pushed the dog away” and drove off.
“The dog gets out,” Gross said. “The dog goes around to the driver’s side. He pushes the dog away — and the dog is running after the car. The dog then gets hit. . . . How do you do this to an animal?”
The incident occurred near the Crystal Pond Apartments, Gross said.
The SPCA asks anyone with information to call investigators at 631-382-7722. The $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
“I just need one person to come forward,” Gross said. “One person, who knows who this person is. That’s all I need.”