By Tammy Woods
The Delaware County SPCA is searching for the owner of a small dog that was tossed from a moving car in Chester on Wednesday.
Police say the 4-month-old female Westie-Poodle mix was still wearing a collar and leash when it was tossed from a car in Chester on Highland Avenue. Witnesses say the car was going at least 35 mph and another car swerved to avoid hitting the puppy.
Mary Alice Pleninger was driving behind the car and saw the dog being tossed from the four-door gray Honda Civic or Hyundai sedan. She says the driver briefly hit the brakes and then took off after seeing her rescue the animal from the roadside.
The dog ran over to a fence alongside the road. Pleniger pulled her car over and retrieved the animal.
Pleniger, who is trained and certified in animal first aid, according to the SPCA, did an assessment of the dog and determined no bones were broken.
She then called former City of Chester Animal Control Officer Dave Schlott who contacted a Delco SPCA Humane Investigators.
Schlott then picked up the dog and transported her to the Delco SPCA Adoption Center in Media where she was renamed “Raggedy Ann.”
The SPCA determined Raggedy Ann did not suffer any severe wounds but had a scrape on her back right paw as well as slight bruising on her lower abdomen. They continue to evaluate her.
“We need people to be these defenseless animals’ eyes and ears, like Mary Alice was for Raggedy Ann,” said Justina Calgiano, Director of Community Relations at the Delaware County SPCA.
If you have any information on Raggedy Ann’s owner, please call Delco SPCA Humane Investigator Bill Vernon at 610-566-1370 x214.
If an owner does not comes forward, the SPCA says Raggedy Ann will be placed up for adoption next Wednesday at noon.
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