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SPCA: Dog’s body found on Sunrise Highway median

The Suffolk County SPCA is investigating a report of a dog’s body that was left on the side of the road in Copiague, officials said.

SPCA chief Roy Gross said the organization received a report that two occupants of a vehicle stopped near Straight Path on Sunrise Highway, left a dog wrapped in some sort of cloth on a grassy median and drove off Saturday night. The dog was found dead on the median the following day, Gross said.

Damian Wojslaw, 25, of West Babylon, said he saw two people in a white SUV leave a small gray dog on the side of the road at about 9 p.m. Wojslaw couldn’t determine if the dog was alive or dead at the time. He snapped a photo of the vehicle as it took off and posted about the incident on Facebook later that night. The post has since been shared more than 2,200 times.

Wojslaw also reported the incident to the SPCA.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, though the dog didn’t appear to have any signs of blunt force trauma, Gross said.

“We’re investigating to determine if this was simply abandonment or an act of cruelty,” Gross said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.

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