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Canine ejected from vehicle at high speed on I-45 still missing

Posted 6/2/20

An Australian Shepherd dog was reportedly either forcibly removed or jumped out of a pickup truck traveling at a high speed on Interstate 45 May 26, according to Hugo Vega, a truck driver for SNL Distribution Services who witnessed the incident.

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Dog Gone

Canine ejected from vehicle at high speed on I-45 still missing

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An Australian Shepherd dog was reportedly either forcibly removed or jumped out of a pickup truck traveling at a high speed on Interstate 45 May 26, according to Hugo Vega, a truck driver for SNL Distribution Services who witnessed the incident.

“I was kind of far away when it happened,” said Vega, who was in the process of dropping off a load in the back of his truck. “I saw something that was either thrown out of the car or jumped out of the car then I just saw something rolling in the grass. I contacted (Rufus Refuge) and told them either the dog jumped or they threw them out.”

While Vega could not confirm whether or not the dog was removed forcibly or jumped on its own accord, the black pickup truck involved did not slow down or stop following the incident. Vega was able to confirm that the dog must have exited through the cabin window, since he did not see a dog in the bed of the truck when it passed him.

“I am pretty sure they were going like 65 or 70 (MPH),” said Vega. “My truck only goes 65, and they had to be going faster than me. When they passed me up (before the incident), I did not see a dog. It had to be inside the truck.”

Vega slowed his truck and witnessed the dog rolling in the grass near an I-45 underpass by OSR. He did not stop completely to look for the dog because he was on a deadline.

“I am a truck driver,” said Vega. “So it is hard for me to stop to do anything. I had a delivery and everything. I knew it would take at least an hour and I was already late for my order.”

However, Vega contacted Rufus Refuge and local animal control groups to alert them of the situation. He even offered to adopt the dog if they were able to find it, which they still have not.

Rufus Refuge posted about the incident on Facebook a few hours after it was reported:

“At approximately 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, a trucker observed a black truck throwing out an Australian Shepherd dog at the I-45 N and Tx OSR underpass. If you witnessed this incident or have knowledge of it please contact us. Our group has been out there searching but the grass is tall and we have been unsuccessful finding it.”

Mary Doris, Dawn Knight and Sonnye Knight of Rufus Refuge attempted to find any sign of the dog after the incident. The search party went out to the area multiple times after receiving Vega’s message and in the following days, but could not find the dog.

“There could have been an injured or dead dog in the grass somewhere, but it was so tall and boggy that it would have been very hard to find,” said Sonnye Knight in a phone interview Thursday. “This happens all the time, and some people do not even bother stopping the car. They will just dump the dogs while they are driving, or they will have pickup trucks with their pets in the back of it and they will jump out or get flung out. It seems like this is a problem around here.”

According to Rufus Refuge personnel, law enforcement was not contacted because they felt as if they would not be helpful in this situation.

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