Updated: 12/15/10 5:19 p.m.

ELMHURST, Ill. (STMW) – Police are trying to find a driver who apparently threw a puppy into traffic on a busy road last week in west suburban Elmhurst.

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The incident happened Friday, Dec. 11, at the intersection of North Avenue and Route 83, a release from Elmhurst police said. A driver told police he saw the driver of another vehicle throw the dog from a vehicle that was stopped in traffic, then drive away west on North Avenue.

The witness, a Chicagoan, said he tried to flag the driver down, but the driver allegedly waved him off.

The dog, under a year, was rescued by the witness and turned over to employees of a nearby business, police said. The dog was not injured and was taken to a local animal hospital where he remains in “very good condition,” police said Wednesday.

Elmhurst police are following up several leads in the case in hopes of finding the driver and other witnesses.

The vehicle used in the incident has been identified, but the case remains under investigation, police said.

The male dog is a mixed breed, about 45 pounds, and is white with black markings. It is similar in stature to an Australian cattle dog, the release said. It is very well-tempered.

Police said the dog is not available for adoption at this time.

Any witnesses or anyone with further information should call Det. Dave Rivkin at (630) 530-3073.

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