UPDATE: Officers are looking for the person who threw a puppy out of a moving vehicle Tuesday.

The 3-month-old German Shepherd is okay, and officers want to find the person responsible.

This is the second time this year HES has helped a dog that was thrown out of a vehicle.

Executive Director Bob Citrullo said they want the person responsible to be held accountable, “There's absolutely no excuse for doing something like this to an animal. If you can't keep your pet that's why we're here."

That puppy is Ali, and he is now in the care of a foster family.

Citrullo said Ali was thrown out of a moving vehicle at the intersection of Dayton Boulevard and West Midvale Avenue.

"To be in a moving car and to have no care whatsoever, to push it out the door, there's just no need for that," Citrullo said.

A good samaritan saw it happen, and stopped to help the dog. Ali is doing okay but broke a bone in his leg, and has to wear a cast.

"Right now he's a little more quiet. He's on pain medication for the injury, and he's calmer,” Citrullo explained, “He's learning he has this new thing on his leg; I know he doesn't like it very much!"

Over the summer, a man was charged with animal cruelty for throwing a six-month-old puppy out of a car. That puppy, Dodge, is also okay.

It's frustrating for Citrullo, and he wants pet owners to remember the shelter is there if they can no longer care for their animals.

"It's not something we see very often, but once is entirely too often," urged Citrullo.

They don't have a good description of the vehicle Ali was in, but they believe it was a light colored van. They are hoping someone recognizes the puppy and knows the owner.

If the person is caught, they could be charged with animal cruelty.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Humane Educational Society Animal Protection Officers at 423-624-5302 x247.

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PREVIOUS STORY: A puppy was thrown out of a moving vehicle on Dayton Boulevard Tuesday.

The 3-month-old German Shepard mix suffered a broken leg.

The pup, named Ali, was rescued by a witness to the incident and was taken to the Humane Educational Society.

The vehicle, described as a light-colored van, didn't slow down when they dumped the dog at the intersection of Dayton Boulevard and West Midvale Avenue about 10:30 am.

Officers were not able to gather many details on the vehicle and are hoping someone is able to recognize Ali and identify his previous owners.

Anyone with tips leading to the identification of Ali’s assailant is asked to call Humane Educational Society Animal Protection officers at 423.624.5302 x247.

You can donate towards Ali's care at the HES website