NorCal Good Samaritan Rescues Dog Thrown From Window

MANTECA (CBS) – A bystander rescued a small dog that was allegedly thrown from a moving vehicle by its owner and then helped track down the culprit, authorities said.

The woman, who asked not to be identified publicly, said she saw the driver of a vehicle in front of her fling his tiny Chihuahua-Terrier mix dog out of the driver’s side window, leading to a fall of nearly five feet to the ground.

“I look down and there’s this little dog rolling out,” she said.

The bystander immediately swooped in to rescue the flea-ridden, emaciated dog and then began following the suspect’s vehicle. The driver, identified as 67-year-old Jose Mendez, pulled into a DMV parking lot just as Manteca Police Officer Armen Avakian was leaving.

“I was driving down the road, this lady flagged me down and said, ‘Hey, someone just threw a dog out the window,’” Officer Avakian said.

Avakian said he located Mendez inside the DMV, waiting to fill out some paperwork. When questioned, the suspect said he just didn’t want the dog around anymore.

Manteca Animal Services Officer Les Rowe said dogs are dumped on the roadway around the town about four to five times a week.

“I’ve seen a lot of them out in the country,” Rowe said. “Just recently picked up three off a highway, the center divider.”

Mendez was arrested on animal cruelty charges. The injured dog is expected to recover.

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  1. Cindy says:

    This is a subhuman person..I bet he was surprised he got caught..
    THANK GOD…and the good samaritan..what and angel..I will say it again..throw him from a truck because he is no good! Nice feeling eh buddy?

  2. Mindy Nguyen says:

    If you don’t want the dog anymore, then bring it to an effin’ shelter! I believe an eye for an eye, so maybe someone should throw his guy out of the window, too!

  3. lil old lady says:

    This miserable excuse for a human being should be taken up several floors in a highrise and tossed out the window. We don’t want him around anymore so why not do the same thing to him.

  4. Anita Hudson Easton says:

    Typical lazy A$$. Easier to just dump the dog than take the time to drive it to the shelter. The DMV should refuse him a license, since he obviously can’t obey laws. Both littering and animal abandonment are against the law as far as I know.

  5. TEXMEX says:

    YOU DUMB MORON I HOPE THAT WHEN YOU GET OLD YOU WILL ALSO BE TAKEN TO A HIGHWAY AND LEFT THERE YOU MISRABLE TWO LEGGED MORON.I HOPE THE LAW TAKES YOU TO JAIL AND LEAVES YOU WITH A BUNCH OF ANIMAL LOVERS YOU NO GOOD FOR NOTHNG MORON. IF I COULD GET MY HANDS ON YOU………………HEAVEN HELP YOU, YOU IDIOT MORON.

  6. rICK says:

    EUTHANIZE JOSE….HE IS A CREEP…WONDER IF HE BEATS HIS KIDS AND WIFE….WHAT A LOSER…PLASTER HIS NAME ALL OVERTHE PLACE AND SHOW WAHT A PATHEIC HUMAN PIG HE IS. MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD TOSS HIS USELESS SELF INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC, BECAUSE THEY DONT WANT HIM ANYMORE. PEOPLE LIKE HIM DESERVE ONLY BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN TO HIM…..HIS KIDS BETTER WATCH OUT HE MAY TOSS THEM CAUSE HE DONT WANT THEM ANYMORE…HERES A MURDERER IN THE MAKING! THANK THAT GOOD SMARITAN FOR HELPING GET THIS LOW-LIFE!

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