HOLMDEL - Officials say a dog who was struck on the Garden State Parkway this weekend may have been stolen from her owners.
The terrier mix, named Lema, is back home now. She was hit by a car on the highway near Holmdel Saturday. State Trooper Tara Karagias was at the nearby barracks and rushed to help save her.
"There were approximately about eight people there surrounding the dog to make sure the dog didn't re-enter the roadway, trying to provide it comfort," Karagias says.
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The trooper quickly brought Lema to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital for treatment.
Karagias went to check on her Monday. "She was in a lot better shape, she was a lot happier," she says. "You could tell she wasn't in as much pain."
The Monmouth County SPCA believes the dog got loose from her yard and was stolen. Police are still searching for the suspect or suspects.