Dog owners in Washington state are calling for answers after a monkey was left dangling from the back seat of a car in the middle of the night.
The incident happened Wednesday night on the interstate near a bridge over the Salmon River.
The dog was found hanging from the driver’s side window of the SUV in the small town of Loloa.
The owner said it was her second time doing the same thing this year.
“I’m not sure why it’s hanging,” she said.
“It’s a pretty tight rope.”
She said it’s not clear if the monkey was still attached when she pulled it off.
“There’s nothing I can do to change it,” she added.
“It’s not my fault, it’s the monkey’s,” said the owner, who asked that her name not be used because she fears retaliation.
“Maybe I could try a leash from the other side, but I don’t want to be the one who gets hit,” she told KIRO Radio’s Steve Johnson.KIRO 7 News reporter Chris Kitching said he had no idea how long the dog had been dangling from a car window until he looked through the window, and his initial thought was that it might be some kind of cat leash.
He said the monkey appeared to be hanging out of the window in the front seat and was still loose when he pulled it from the car.
“The leash came off in the back, but then it fell down,” Kitching told KOMO-TV.
“So I think that’s a little bit scary.”
The owner’s daughter said she took the dog to the vet for the checkup, and was told it was likely the dog was the same one that had been hanging off the car windows and back.
She said she didn’t want the owner to worry about losing the leash again.
“That’s not how I feel, and if I can’t be here to take care of it, I’m not going to take responsibility for it,” the owner said.KOMO News reached out to the Loloas police department for comment, but did not receive a response by press time.