A dog receiving treatment at the Foothills Animal Shelter after being thrown from a car driving on a highway in Jefferson County on April 20, 2021. The dog later succumbed to its injuries. 

A dog died after being thrown from a car driving on a highway Tuesday afternoon, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced.

Deputies said the dog was thrown from a black Lexus sedan driving eastbound on Interstate 76 just before Sheridan Boulevard at 1:45 p.m.

Teddy, a cream-colored miniature poodle, was taken to the Foothills Animal Shelter in critical condition.

For several hours, the shelter's veterinarian and health care team, as well as a team from an emergency animal clinic, worked to treat the dog’s injuries.

Officials announced the dog had died just after 10 p.m.

Dozens of residents donated money to the animal shelter to cover the dog’s operation costs and offered to adopt the dog.

Deputies said Teddy was "beloved" and his owners were not involved in the incident and are currently trying to identify who threw him from the car.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information about the identity of the dog’s owner is asked to call animal control at 303-271-5070.

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