A pair of dogs are on the mend after they were thrown from a car on a snowy road with one of them suffering injuries so bad it needed a leg amputation.
The pair of beagle mixes were found off a New York highway on Saturday, according to the state police department.
Broome County Humane Society shelter manager Amberly Ondria said the animals “have been through a lot”.
“People need to understand that this is not OK,” Ms Ondria said.
“This is not something that should be done.”
A trucker who rescued the two pooches said he saw the dogs thrown out of the back window of a Dodge Durango.
State police said the trucker immediately stopped his big rig and brought the dogs to safety, scooping up the one that was severely injured while the other one, unscathed other than a few abrasions, followed on his own.
Officers bandaged the badly injured dog and splinted his leg on the side of the highway, keeping him warm with a blanket and the trucker’s sweatshirt. Meanwhile, the other dog gobbled half a box of dog biscuits.
The dogs were later renamed Trooper, for the state troopers who aided them, and Adam, after the trucker. Trooper is 6 to 8 years old, Ms Ondria said.
Adam is about a year old.
Because of the damage to his left leg, Trooper will require assistance getting around and perhaps even a harness to stabilise him.
“He has quite the road to recovery ahead of him,” Ms Ondria said.
Trooper suffered a compound fracture of his distal radius and ulna on the front right leg that was amputated and a hairline fracture of the ulna on the left front leg, as well as broken ribs and contusions to his lungs and shoulder, according to the the humane society.