PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol is trying to find who kicked out a dog out of vehicle and abandoned the animal on the side of Highway 50 in Placerville.

The CHP’s Placerville office says witnesses on Sunday reported seeing a vehicle slow down before someone kicked the dog out and the vehicle sped off.

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It says Officer Bryan Merkel quickly got there and rescued the dog before it was hurt.

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The agency is asking anyone with information on who may have abandoned the dog to call CHP Placerville.

An abandoned dog sits in the back of a CHP patrol car outside of Placerville, Calif., August 11, 2019. (California Highway Patrol)

 

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