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Dogs thrown from moving car in Cortland County recovering; Search on for driver, passenger

"Trooper" rests over the weekend. He had to have his leg amputated after being thrown from a moving car (Courtesy: Broome County Humane Society).

New York State Police continue to search for the people responsible for throwing two dogs out of a moving car on I-81 in Cortland County last week, and say they've received more than a dozen tips.

Meanwhile, the dogs continue to recover at the Broome County Humane Society.

The dogs, named "Trooper" and "Adam" for the officers and Good Samaritan who helped save them, were thrown from a Dodge Durango traveling south on I-81 Wednesday morning between the Marathon and Whitney Point exits.

"It's horrendous that someone would do such a thing," said Troop C Public Information Officer Aga Dembinska. "There are plenty of associations or shelters that will take these dogs."

A truck driver told police he saw what he believes is an older blue Dodge Durango slow down, roll down their rear passenger window and throw the dogs out of the window. He described the vehicle as very dirty and had rust along the hatch near the bumper area.

"Trooper" was seriously hurt and had to have his leg amputated. Adam had some scrapes and scratches, but is otherwise OK.

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The Broome County Humane Society says veterinarians at Colonial Animal Hospital tell them Trooper is eating well and starting to move around. They help him out with a harness as he learns to walk on three legs.

Investigators tell CNYCentral they believe multiple people are involved since the dogs were thrown out of a back window.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Homer at (607) 749-1614.

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