Reward offered for person who threw poodle from moving car on busy N.J. street

A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges for the person who threw a poodle from a moving car in Paterson, leaving the small dog with life-threatening injuries.

The animal rights group PETA said a witness saw the dog – now named Bear – thrown from a car about 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Market Street.

The dog suffered pelvic and skull fractures, a herniated diaphragm, skin lesions, was emaciated and had matted fur, PETA officials said.

Paterson Animal Control found the dog severely injured in the street and took him for emergency medical care at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus.

“When we picked him up, we didn’t believe he would even make it to the hospital,” Chief Animal Control Officer John DeCando said in a statement. “That’s how bad his condition is.”

Members of the animal shelter Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge wrote on Facebook that the dog appeared to have endured “a lifetime of neglect.”

“If this little dog had been taken to an animal shelter, he would have had a chance at finding a family who would love him like he deserves—but instead, he was tossed out of a car like a piece of trash,” PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien said in an email. “PETA urgently needs the public’s help in solving this case, especially if this dog’s abuser has other animals at home.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Paterson police Detective Richard Martinez at 973-881-3640.

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