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Puppy Tossed From Moving Car In Chester

Mary Alice Peninger with Raggedy Ann at Harrah’s Chester prior to Raggedy Ann being transferred to the Delco SPCA (Credit: Dave Schlott).

Mary Alice Peninger with Raggedy Ann at Harrah’s Chester prior to Raggedy Ann being transferred to the Delco SPCA (Credit: Dave Schlott).

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CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – Authorities are searching for the owner of a four-month-old puppy that was tossed from a moving car in Chester on Wednesday.

According to the Delaware County SPCA, a female Westie-Poodle mix puppy was allegedly tossed from a car heading northbound on Highland Avenue in Chester.

Mary Alice Pleninger, who was on her way to her job at Harrah’s Philadelphia, was behind the car when she saw the animal being thrown from it. She immediately pulled her car over and retrieved the dog.

Pleninger, who is a security guard as well as EMT trained and certified in animal first aid, did an initial assessment of the dog. When she arrived at Harrah’s, she contacted authorities and the Delaware County SPCA transported the puppy to the Adoption Center in Media, where workers named the dog “Raggedy Ann.”

Fortunately, a medical evaluation showed that Raggedy Ann suffered only a scrape on the back of her right paw and a slight bruise on her lower abdomen.

Pleninger described the vehicle Raggedy Ann was tossed from as a gray four-door Honda Civic or Hyundai sedan but was unable to record the license plate.

Anyone with information about Raggedy Ann’s owner is urged to contact Delco SPCA Humane Investigator Bill Vernon at 610-566-1370 x214.

Raggedy Ann will be held at the Adoption Center until an owner comes forward. If no owner claims her, she will be placed up for adoption on Wednesday at noon.

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