VANCOUVER -- Two dogs that had escaped their Vancouver yard Wednesday night were picked up by a passing driver and then thrown from a moving vehicle on an Interstate 205 on-ramp, police said.
"The dogs escaped from their yard, not far from where this incident occurred," said Trooper Will Finn of the Washington State Patrol. "Looks like the people that committed this terrible act saw the dogs and put them in their vehicle."
A witness told police the suspect vehicle was going from Northeast Padden Parkway to I-205 northbound when it slowed to about 20 mph and somebody threw the dogs out onto the shoulder, Finn said.
"(The caller) looked toward the vehicle and watched as it took off at a high rate of speed," Finn said. "He pulled over to check on the dogs and they both jumped right into his vehicle. They were not injured!"
The dogs were taken to the Humane Society of Southwest Washington, Finn said.
Geraldine Davis owns the dogs named Poncho and Sealy. She thinks they crawled under a fence and got loose.
Workers at the humane society found a Craigslist post from Davis asking if anyone had spotted her missing dogs. They notified her that the animals had been taken to the shelter and she rushed over to get them.
Investigators made sure she was not connected to the incident involving the dogs on the roadway before turning them over.
Davis was horrified to learn what had happened.
"It's exciting to get them back but I can't believe someone would do that," she said.
The suspect car was described as a white four-door, possibly a mid- to late-90s Ford Taurus, with Washington license plates. There appeared to be a driver and rear-seat passenger inside.
Anyone with information was asked to call trooper Justin Maier at 360-449-7999.