QUEENS — The dog that was thrown from a moving car in Queens last month had to be euthanized late last week to “end her suffering,” the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Monday.
The 7-year-old female Rottweiler, named Dasher, was found on Cypress Avenue, near the Jackie Robinson Parkway exit in Glendale on Nov. 20. Witnesses said she was tossed from a car, wrapped in a sleeping bag.
The dog, according to the ASPCA, “received extensive medical care.”
“After thorough examinations by multiple veterinary specialists and round-the-clock efforts to improve her delicate condition, Dasher was not responding to treatment,” said ASPCA spokeswoman Natasha Whitling in an email.
“Due to several serious medical complications that were causing significant discomfort and leading to a poor quality of life, Dasher was humanely euthanized to end her suffering."
The dog had a large, pre-existing abdominal mass and suffered a seizure after it was brought to a vet clinic last month.
The case is under investigation by the NYPD. The department did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Last week, a group of animal lovers from Woodhaven conducted a fundraiser to help cover Dasher’s medical bills. The group collected about $1,100, according to Charlotte Butler, president of K9 Korral, a dog run group in Forest Park, who co-organized the event.
Butler said she will soon post on the group's Facebook page what will happen to the money raised during the event.
“It’s very upsetting to me,” Butler said.
William Aaron, a firefighter from Ladder 135 in Ridgewood, who was at the scene in Glendale when the dog was found, had hoped to adopt Dasher.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.