Dogs thrown out of car at Gulf Coast Humane Society


Two dogs are now in care after being thrown out of a parked car. The Gulf Coast Humane Society says this is one of the most dangerous ways to dispose of a pet.

Now we learn that a 12-year-old lab-terrier mix and a 2-year-old German Shepherd mix see compassion and love.

Video from the Gulf Coast Humane Society parking lot in Fort Myers shows where two dogs, Berty and Amari, ended up after being thrown from a parked car.

Shannon Palzer is the shelter manager in Gulf Coast. “Somewhere around here the vehicle was initially parked and the dogs came back. We have a little bayou out back so we can contain the dogs there,” Palzer said.

Berty, 12, and Amari, 2, were abandoned on their property. “It’s scary. It’s scary to think you know what if they, you know, we don’t know where they are, we didn’t know it was at first, so once we realized that we had to lose stocks on our hand. It’s… It’s heartbreaking once you meet them and stuff, but it’s definitely a scary thing to see,” Palzer said.

Palzer told WINK News that handing over pets this way can pose serious dangers. And, it’s illegal. “We’re on a busy road or anywhere you throw an animal when it’s scared. They’re afraid it’s an uncomfortable thing for them,” Palzer said.

“But it’s also a dangerous thing for people that we don’t know these dogs, and also, we have as you can see around us tons of dogs and customers and staff and volunteers walking around so it’s definitely a safety hazard for all parties involved,” Palzer said.

So instead, she shares the right way to return your pet. “If you need to get rid of your pet, for any reason, you can return it, if you go to our website, There’s an Owner Buyout form you can fill out there, and we’ll contact you in a timely manner and schedule the appointment. So, there are appointments necessary, because we have to make sure number one, we have space. Second, we have shelter staff and staff available to support the animal’s needs,” she said.

As for Amari and Berty, they returned to the Gulf Coast after their period of confinement at Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

The director of the shelter says the two are doing very well and will soon be available for adoption.

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Jennifer R. Strohm