Mastic (WALK) - The woman who tossed a dog out of her car at a gas station last month has been arrested, thanks to tips that came in after a $2,000 reward was offered, authorities say.
Josephine Rivera of Mastic is charged with pushing the small poodle from her car at an Exxon station on Montauk Highway in Mastic on June 23rd. Rivera, 33, allegedly let the dog back into her car after another car boxed in her white sedan and demanded that she bring it to an animal shelter, but the pooch was found abandoned later in the day at Smith Point Park in Shirley.
Witnesses say the dog ran around the car after it was dumped, apparently trying to get back inside. According to the Suffolk SPCA, witnesses also say there were several children in the car with Rivera at the time.
A security camera recording of the incident was released afterwards, along with a $2,000 reward offer. Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross says that resulted in tips that led to the suspect's arrest.
Rivera is charged with misdemeanor abandonment. She faces a fine of up to $1,000 and/or as long as a year in jail.
After finding the dog at Smith Point, park police took it to the Brookhaven Town Animal Shelter. It is now with a foster family that reportedly might adopt the dog.
Photo: Suffolk SPCA