MONTCLAIR, NJ - A video of a road rage incident that occurred on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair has been circulating the internet since Sunday evening.
Although no formal release has been issued by the Montclair Police Department, law enforcement officials have announced that they are investigating the matter that involves two motorists fighting and what appears to be a potential case of animal cruelty.
Horrified residents have commented numerous times on the video and are calling for harsh penalties for the suspects.
The video first posted on Streamable.com, shows two men fighting in the street across from Lackawanna Plaza. One appears to be driving a red Honda and the other a silver Toyota minivan.
As the two men fight with their cars pulled over haphazardly to the side of Bloomfield Avenue, a third person is recording the incident from another vehicle.
The minivan driver pushes the other man to the ground. The driver of the red Honda then gets up, goes over to the minivan, reaches in and grabs a small dog from inside the vehicle and throws the dog onto the sidewalk.
You could then hear the screams from the third party. The driver of the red Honda then speeds off as the dog runs back toward the minivan. It is unclear of what happens to the dog.
From the video, it is has been determined that one of the vehicles driven had a Lyft sticker. Representatives from Lyft have expressed outrage and have terminated their partnership with the driver in question based on the video footage and express that they will be cooperating with authorities to assist in the investigation.
Montclair Police have not yet responded to inquiries. More details will be made available as information is released.
UPDATE: Lt. David O'Dowd of the Montclair Police Department responded to inquiries stating, "We have identified both drivers of the vehicles and have turned the investigation regarding the dog's treatment to the state SPCA." He continued, "The NJSPCA and the Montclair Animal Shelter are following up on leads and will be following necessary procedures regarding the treatment of the dog."
At this time, no summonses have been issued to the drivers of the vehicles. O'Dowd added that they were advised on how to file complaints against the other party, if needed.
The Montclair Township Animal Shelter and the NJSPCA could not be reached for comment during the time of publication.
Video can be seen below: https://youtu.be/_FheQkFUMgw