Pup Tossed From Car is OK

Dog found roaming around fitness center parking lot last week

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    The Australian Shepherd-looking dog is in good condition, but Elmhurst police are serious about finding and punishing the driver who tossed him out on North Avenue at Route 83. (Published Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010)

    He's got a white coat, floppy ears and a button nose, and he was thrown out the driver's side window of a moving vehicle last Friday, witnesses said. 

    The Australian Shepherd-looking dog is in good condition, but Elmhurst police are serious about finding and punishing the driver who tossed him out on North Avenue at Route 83.

    Elmhurst police said the driver who tossed the dog kept moving even after other motorists tried to get that person's attention.

    "They're like family members. It's unheard of. It could've died in this cold," said Bill Miller, the manager at an XSport Fitness center in Elmhurst, where the pup was found roaming the parking lot.

    A gym member noticed the dog and brought him inside until police arrived.

    The 6-8 month old dog is being cared for at the DuPage Animal Hospital. Caregivers there say the dog is doing just fine and did not suffer any injuries.

    "I don’t think there will be any problem adopting him out once this case is closed," the hospital's manager, Brian Jeffery, told TribLocal.

    Police would not release additional details of the animal cruelty case, as their investigation is ongoing.