PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol is trying to find who kicked out a dog out of vehicle and abandoned the animal on the side of Highway 50 in Placerville.

In this Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 photo provided by the California Highway Patrol Placerville shows an abandoned dog in the back of a patrol car outside of Placerville, Calif. The California Highway Patrol is trying to find who kicked out a dog out of vehicle and abandoned the animal on the side of Highway 50 in Placerville. (California Highway Patrol via AP)

The CHP’s Placerville office says witnesses on Sunday reported seeing a vehicle slow down before someone kicked the dog out and the vehicle sped off.

In this Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 photo provided by the California Highway Patrol Placerville shows an abandoned dog in the back of a patrol car outside of Placerville, Calif. The California Highway Patrol is trying to find who kicked out a dog out of vehicle and abandoned the animal on the side of Highway 50 in Placerville. (California Highway Patrol via AP)

It says an officer quickly got there and rescued the dog before it was hurt.

The agency is asking anyone with information on who may have abandoned the dog to call CHP Placerville.

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