MARATHON, N.Y. (AP) — An award of more than $16,000 is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons who threw two dogs from a moving vehicle on a New York highway.

New York State Police announce Tuesday that local, state and national animal welfare agencies and a private donor have contributed $16,500 to the award stemming from an animal cruelty case that has gained national attention.

Authorities say a truck driver traveling on Interstate 81 on the morning of Dec. 12 saw someone throw two beagle mix dogs out of an SUV traveling south in Marathon in Cortland County.

The trucker from Syracuse pulled over and rescued the dogs. The older one had to have its right front leg amputated. Troopers say both dogs are doing well.

No arrests have been reported.

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