Two dogs have been thrown from a moving car onto the motorway last weekend in a horrific incident. At 6:30pm on Sunday, a car is understood to have travelled up the M25 at some speed when a passenger wound down their window and hurled the two dogs out, one after the other. The first dog, a Lurcher, is said to have immediately been hit by several cars and died at the scene but the second, a Jack Russell who has since been nicknamed Tarmax, managed to make his way to the edge of the road and survived the ordeal. Tarmax was taken in by the RSPCA after concerned drivers pulled over and picked him up, and has since been staying with a foster family until a new permanent home is found where he can get the love he deserves.
The incident is said to have occurred between junctions 19 and 20 for Watford and Hemel Hempstead/Aylesbury at around 6.30pm on Sunday when the section of road was limited to 60mph. A full investigation has since been launched by the RSPCA into why the dogs were thrown from the window and who is responsible for the death of the Lurcher. Peter Warne, an animal welfare officer with the charity, said: "This is an absolutely outrageous thing for someone to have done. The danger that this act put not only the dogs in, but also the many people travelling on the road at that time, is just appalling. The dog, which was a lurcher type, was killed instantly after being hit multiple times by vehicles on the M25 at around 6.30pm on Sunday.Witnesses who I have spoken to so far did not get a clear description of the vehicle that the dogs were thrown on to the carriageway between junctions 20 and 19 of the major motorway, however, I am appealing to anybody else who may have seen what happened to get in touch with us so we can investigate and try to find the person or people responsible."
"It is terribly sad the the lurcher dog did not survive and was killed in such a horrific way – it seems this poor dog’s death was instant due to the speed that the vehicles were travelling at. However, I’d like to say big thank-you to those drivers who were able to safely slow down and help to catch the dog, and the person who waited with him until I arrived. Those people almost certainly saved this dog’s life." Tarmax the Jack Russell has had a full check up with the vet and luckily suffered no injuries, he's living with his foster home and waiting for the right new family to come along. He is estimated to be between six and seven years old and is said to be a friendly dog. Anybody with any information that may help the RSPCA investigate the person responsible can call the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line number, in complete confidence, on 0300 123 8018.