Dogs tossed out of car at Gulf Coast Humane Society


Two dogs are now being cared for after being tossed out of a parked car. Gulf Coast Humane Society says this is one of the most dangerous ways to get rid of a pet.

Now we’re learning that a 12-year-old lab and terrier mix and a 2-year-old german shepherd mix are seeing what compassion and love are all about.

Video from the parking lot over at Gulf Coast Humane Society in Fort Myers shows where two dogs, Berty and Amari, found themselves after they were tossed from a parked car.

Shannon Palzer is the shelter manager at Gulf Coast. “It was somewhere over here that the vehicle was parked initially and the dogs made their way back. We have a little Bayou in the back there so that we were able to contain the dogs back there,” said Palzer.

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 realize it was to at first so once we realized we had to lose stocks on our hand. It’s… It’s heartbreaking once you meet them and everything, but it’s definitely a scary thing to witness,” Palzer said.

Palzer told WINK News that surrendering pets in this manner can pose serious dangers. And, it’s illegal. “We’re off a busy road or anywhere where you dump an animal when they’re spooked. They’re scared it’s an uncomfortable thing for them,” said Palzer.

“But it’s also a dangerous thing for the people 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’s sharing the right way to surrender your pet. “If you need to get rid of your pet, for whatever reason, you can surrender them, if you go to our website, There’s an owner surrender form that you can fill out there, and we will contact you in a timely manner and schedule the appointment. So, there are appointments needed, as we have to make sure number one, we have space. Number two, we have the staff and shelter staff available to accommodate the animal’s needs,” she said.

As for Amari and Berty, they’ve gone back to Gulf Coast after their holding period at Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

The shelter manager says the two are doing great and they will be available for adoption soon.

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