UPDATE: The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA] is joining forces with the Vacaville Police Department in hopes of capturing the suspect who threw a dog onto I-80 by offering a $5,000 reward.

PETA announced on Tuesday, Feb. 6, it plans to offer a reward of up to $5,000 which leads to the arrest of the person who threw the dog.

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Police Department is looking for the public's help in identifying suspects who threw a tied up puppy from a car and onto the freeway, police officials said.

Witnesses told police they were driving behind a blue Toyota Prius on Feb. 1 when they saw something white thrown from the passenger side window. They stopped when they noticed that it was a small dog that was hurled from the car onto I-80 near Vacaville.

“Sometimes there are just no words to describe senseless acts like the one that occurred this past Thursday night,” the Vacaville Police Department wrote on Facebook. The 18-month-old puppy had its legs bound, and was struck and killed by a car shortly after, witnesses told police.

The animal belonged to Deb Ferrara, a retired Contra Costa County employee of Vacaville. She says her Maltese-Bichon mixed puppy named Rex ran away from home after a door was left open on accident.

She is now searching for answers as she copes with the loss of her family member she says was like a child to her.

A local non-profit called Pause 4 Paws Rescue Mission has set up a reward fund of $3,030 for information leading to an arrest. PETA is also offering a reward of $5,000 to find those responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Josue Cuevas at (707) 449-5200 and reference Vacaville PD case number 18-01071.