LOS ANGELES (CBS ) – Several small white dogs were dumped next to the Imperial Highway and into oncoming traffic last Wednesday.

Witnesses describe the scene as “complete mayhem.” Several, small, white, terrier-type dogs swerved in and out of traffic on the Imperial Highway (State Route-90), a popular route between eastern Los Angeles and the beach communities next to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Witnesses also report hearing brakes screech and watching one of the dogs get hit, dragged 20 feet, and then come out from underneath the vehicle behind. The first driver did not stop.

Throughout the six-hour saga Wednesday night, there were approximately two dozen local residents helping to rescue and save the dogs.

Michelle Friedman, a local paramedic nurse, was on her way home when she saw one of the dogs running loose along the side of the road. She described a scene in which at least three pairs of dogs had begun to mate, making it difficult to capture and separate them.

“I went really slow, put on my hazards to keep other cars from passing me and I opened the door to grab him, then he ran into oncoming traffic,” Friedman said. “I went to the next corner and pulled over and along with a couple others who had stopped, we tried to keep them corralled while police were on their way. It was a nightmare.”

With a popular dog park so close in the vicinity, some speculated whether the dogs were dumped with the intention of them making it to the dog park for refuge and rescue. However, according to a dialogue on Facebook following the incident, a couple of witnesses reported seeing a white van traveling down the busy highway, then pull off to the side around 6:30 p.m. and dump approximately 15 dogs. Those witnesses could not be tracked down and the information cannot be corroborated at this time.

The El Segundo Police Department dispatched two officers to assist and they took six dogs to the South Bay Pet Adoption Center SPCA in Hawthorne.

Animal advocate Kim Sill, who along with Rock and Rescue is overseeing the care of dog who was hit – temporarily named Carson. Pending a full recovery, he will be re-homed through the Bark n Bitches organization.

Cesar Millan, also known as the Dog Whisperer is working with Sill’s organization to help police find additional information about this act of cruelty. Any donations made to the Millan Foundation’s DEAR Fund between now and May 10, 2011 will be given to Carson’s care. Sill’s organization D Cups Saving Tea Cups is offering a $3,500 reward for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the individual responsible for this act of cruelty. And Katherine Heigl’s Foundation has added another $1500 reward on top of that.

Comments (23)
  1. Thomas Forcade says:

    Man,i wish i could find out who did this,and NOT for the money.Ya know,there are people who would love to have a dog,and to just dump them right where traffic is,it’s just cruel as hell.I cannot understand this type of thinking.Not cool.

  2. John says:

    what’s the big deal? Dumping dogs on freeway so they would get hit by cars, meaning they might get injured and die of a slow death while at the same time causing car accidents and running the risk of injuring people. The nearby park wasn’t good enough? Next time whoever did this should run barefoot in the middle of the freeway in during rush hour for a while. This is cruelty with intend to harm and to cause harm to others.

    1. Soleil says:

      Because it’s evil and cruel, that’s why. Totally wrong and barbaric. Dogs deserve better. They are sensitive, noble creatures. They need to be treated better. That’s why. If you can’t figure it out…you are on a low level.

    2. pinksugar says:

      Thank you, John!! -drozone69- someone should throw your heartless ass on to the freeway- not so funny -huh!!!

  3. drozone69 says:

    We all love to acr so innocent and surprised when this filled to the rim country and its dilapidating economy force people to choose food for them or the dog!!

  4. James fernsale says:

    Drozone69, you are one sad individual.

    1. Astonished says:

      The local “shelters” may not be ideal, but they at least feed and water the animals they take in, as well as care for them if they are ill. And the death row you speak of is an injection which takes just a few seconds to work, opposed to being hit, dragged and left to die by the side of the road.

      This sounds like someone was operating a puppy mill and gpt shut down or was being investigated and decided to reduce the number of their dogs. This was the most “expedicious” (and selfish) way out.

  5. CANDY says:


  6. sarah says:

    dumped on a freeway and a highway are completely different.

  7. Jo Wilder says:

    I would be interested in adoptimg a small dog from the dogs that were rescued.

  8. Chris says:

    Gee Drozone…dont you think that if cars are slamming on their brakes that some humans might get hurt…we don’t want that now do we? we should find the person who caused this mayhem to cause harm to humans and their beloved vehicles.

  9. robert S. says:

    May the people resposible for the dumping rot in hell! There is no excuse for being that chicken s..it!

  10. Robert S. says:

    Our society is gettin more rotten by the day! Thank God for the good people of southern California!

  11. Robert S. says:

    The persons responsible for this cruel deed should be “dragged to death” by a chain, and a very fast car!

  12. Robert S. says:

    I got both! Let me at um!

  13. Dana says:

    Are you kidding me? Dumping them on the highway is horrible. A park would have been better. The person who did this is a piece of sh_t.

  14. alex says:

    so he got tired of his puppy mill and decided to just let the dogs figure out how to live?
    that’s why i am not sorry for people…you never know what they did yesterday. this person is a monster, and the witnesses need to come forward!!

  15. Jenny says:

    so sad. 🙁

  16. Lisa says:

    This is so sad. It makes me sick. If these animals go up for adoption i’m very interested in adopting one of them. I”ve been thinking about getting a dog. Now that I heard about this horrible story about these dogs being dumped off. It would be so special to adopt one these dogs knowing what there going through. I would give it a great home and lots and lots of love. Please let me know.
    Thank You!!

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