ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Two puppies are dead after someone threw them out of a moving SUV on the interstate.
Animal advocates say there are so many options to get rid of unwanted animals, and puppies are always in demand, but for whatever reason somebody chose to kill them in a way that also could have hurt or killed people.
Whoever it was threw them from a moving vehicle while traveling on Interstate 255 North near Route 15 in Alorton.
It was at around 2:00 a.m. Monday, but there were other cars on the roadway because the puppies, one white, one brown, died when they were hit by at least one other vehicle.
Illinois State Police say nobody was hurt.
Investigators don't know who's responsible. All witnesses passed along was the puppies were thrown from a white Ford Expedition.
Kathy Turner, the executive director of the Metro East Humane Society, said somebody needs to step forward.
"What instantly goes through my mind is somebody out there knows who did this," said Turner. "Either they saw them throw them out of the car or a family member woke up this morning and someone they knew didn't have two puppies."
Authorities don't know what breed the dogs were. Turner says this crime is aggravated animal cruelty, a felony.
On Tuesday, an anonymous donor contacted the Metro East Humane Society and offered a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and charges.