Trucker rescues dog thrown from van on I-81

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Updated Jul 14, 2019

A truck driver is being credited with saving a dog that was thrown from a moving van on Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill County Monday, July 8.

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Skook News, an online news site, reports the unidentified trucker saw what is said to be a Catahoula leopard dog being thrown from a gold-colored van near the High Ridge Exit in Butler Township on southbound I-81 at about 1 p.m. The driver stopped, collected the dog and called the local shelter.

Holly Kowalishen, assistant director for dogs at the Hillside SPCA Animal Shelter in Pottsville, today said the young dog is doing well.

She said the trucker had to slam on his brakes to keep from hitting to the dog, which tumbled several times after being thrown from the van. Kowalishen said the driver was from Ohio and on his way to a nearby Walmart distribution center at the time of the incident.

The dog has received its vaccinations and eventually be neutered and made available for adoption, according to Kowalishen.

The incident is similar to one late last year in which a pair of beagles were thrown from a moving SUV on I-81 near Binghamton, New York. Once again, a trucker stopped to help the dogs until the state police arrived. The two dogs were eventually adopted from the local shelter, but the person who threw them onto the highway has yet to be found.