Woman watches as dog is thrown from moving vehicle

Posted at 9:49 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 00:49:53-04

A small dog is injured but alive after an Escondido woman says she saw the dog being thrown out of a moving car.

Just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, Maria Estrada was walking on Lincoln parkway when she saw a black car slow down more than 100 feet in front of her.

“I see arms and suddenly I see a dog flying out of the passenger side window,” said Estrada.

Soon after, Estrada was on the move.

“My heart was racing. Just wanted to get to the animal and help it,” said Estrada.

In front of this Domino's Pizza, she found the dog.

“When I got here, the dog was inside this culvert, shivering. The water was pretty high because of the rain,” said Estrada.

She tried to coax the dog, possibly a Jack Russell mix.

“I just told her I wasn't go to hurt her … that I was there to help her,” said Estrada.

Estrada was able to scoop up the dog.

“It just broke my heart to see that an animal can mean so little to somebody that they can throw it away like that,” said Estrada.

After Estrada got her inside, she quickly saw several injuries, including a limp on a hind leg and wounds on her tail and leg.

The dog is also not eating.

Estrada contacted the San Diego Humane Society, which plans to take the dog in.

“She deserves to be taken care of correctly. She deserves to be in a good home,” said Estrada.

The Humane Society is expected to see if there is a microchip, which could be part of a criminal case.

10News will continue to follow this dog's story and follow up with any updates.