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BOCA RATON (CBSMiami) – A case of animal cruelty comes with a happy ending after a Boca Raton woman witnessed the heartbreaking sight and quickly came to the rescue of the darling Dalmatian.

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“My heart just broke, I started crying,” said Lisa Gabrielle. “I didn’t know what to do.”

Gabrielle, 23, said she was driving home in Boca Raton on Saturday when she noticed a black SUV slow down and someone pushed an emaciated Dalmatian out of the passenger window.

“I saw this guy push the dog out of the car,” Gabrielle recalled with horror.

As the SUV drove off, the dog began to chase after it.

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Gabrielle stopped, ran after the dog and ended up taking it home with her.

On Sunday, she took the dog, now named Buster, to the Tri-County Animal Rescue where Co-Founder and CEO Suzi Goldsmith was in shock at the cruelty.

“I can’t imagine who in their right mind or who would even ever think of such a horrific act to take a dog and throw the dog out of the car,” said Goldsmith. The good news, shelter workers say they’ll put some weight on the skinnyDalmatian and then find him, “the perfect home.”

Goldsmith says the dog didn’t have a chip or a tag on his beige collar. She believes he’s about a year old and has had some training because he knows how to sit.

She reported the incident to police. The original owner of the dog has not been found. Anyone with information about Buster can call Tri-County Animal Rescue at 561-482-8110.

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