State police, Animal Rescue League investigating after photo surfaces of dog riding on open flatbed on I-95

The towing company responded to the incident on its Facebook page, which has since been taken down.

State police and the Animal Rescue League of Boston are investigating after a photo surfaced of a dog riding on the back of an open tow truck flatbed Wednesday on Interstate 95 in Waltham.

“The dual investigations aim to determine who was responsible for the dog being carried on the open flatbed, the owner and condition of the animal, and whether law enforcement action is warranted against anyone responsible,” state police said in a statement.

The photo shows the tan-and-white dog sitting near the cab of the bright-yellow truck owned by Ramsay’s Towing of Waltham as the truck hauls a van. In a Facebook post on the business’s page, which has since been taken down, the company said they had “just been made aware” of the incident, WBZ reported.

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 “We do not support the drivers actions and he was terminated immediately,” part of the statement said, according to WBZ.

A woman who answered the phone at the company Thursday said the owner would be making a statement on Friday.

Waltham Animal Control officials noted that violation of the state’s animal transportation law results in a $55 fine. But there could be “criminal action” if the animal is injured.