VIRGINIA BEACH -- Animal control officers are looking for somebody who said she saw a dog thrown from a car on Salem Road near Landstown Road at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
She brought the black and white Shih Tzu to the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center where staff members have named him "Norton."
"It has some muscular soreness and some injuries based upon that, but, as far as being tossed from the car, to dog is very lucky that nothing serious happened to it," Supervisor Wayne Gilbert said.
The person who brought Norton to the center told a desk clerk what she saw, but she left before the staff was able to get her name or contact information.
Police say she only is wanted for questioning, to see if she can offer anymore details about what happened.
Gilbert told 13News Norton appeared to have been neglected for an extended period of time.
"It had severe flea allergies. It was severely infested with fleas. The nails on the dog are overgrown, and, obviously, have not been cared for in many months, if not a year or more, and the dog has an eye infection that has not been taken care of in a long time," explained Gilbert. "The dog is missing the hair on the back part of his body. That can all be related to the problem with the fleas."
The person believed to have rescued Norton is described as a white female between 40 and 50 years old. She has brown hair and was wearing a pink T-shirt and blue jeans.
Officers have started a cruelty investigation.
If you know the witness or the dog owner, or of you saw the incident, please contact Animal Control or call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or text VBTIP with your information to CRIMES.