A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl is now safe after police responded to a tip by several motorists who saw the young girl riding in the back of her parents pickup truck, inside a dog cage, on Monday evening.
Authorities say that they received several calls from concerned motorists who said they saw the girl inside a dog cage, along with the family dog, riding on the bed of a pickup truck outside of Pittsburgh, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at around 7 pm EST on Memorial Day.
Police stopped the couple, the girl’s mother, Abbey Carlson, 29, and her step-father, Thomas Fishinger, 30, who told the police they allowed the girl to ride back there because she wanted to be with the dog. The couple said they were on their way home, after visiting one of their parents.
The couple have been charged with child neglect and endangerment.
A reddit user posted a picture of the girl and her dog on the social media website on Monday, saying, “We called the cops multiple times and gave them the mile marker we were on. Also sent photos. Cops were able to track down the pick up truck and pull it over.”