Sheriff’s Office in NC is reaching out to the public for help after both dead and live cats were found thrown onto bridges in Craven County

The Craven County (North Carolina) Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to the public for help in identifying the person/persons responsible for throwing live kittens onto the Neuse River Bridge on U.S. 17 as they drive across.

injured kitten
kitten rescued after being thrown onto the bridge (Sheriff’s Office)

Reports have also come in that the same situation is occurring in James City on U.S. 70. Sheriff Chip Hughes reported both dead and live kittens have been recovered, with some even being thrown into the river below the bridge.

Neuse River Bridge
Neuse River Bridge

Hughes stated in a June 18 article in

“I can’t understand why somebody would do that. I understand that some of the cats, they are known to get up in fenders and stuff like that and that sometimes they are unable to keep hold and fall out. But this is happening more than just as a coincidental thing.”

Extra patrols are keeping a close eye on the bridge, including round the clock video and are following up and investigating any leads that come in.

Location of Neuse River Bridge
Location of Neuse River Bridge

Sheriff Hughes has a warning to the abuser(s):

“There will be zero tolerance for animal cruelty in Craven County. We are aggressively going after folks like this that think it’s okay to mistreat, abuse, and not care for their animals.”.

Anyone who sees or knows something about this case of animal cruelty is asked to call 9-1-1 and if confronted with this person they should attempt to get a tag number but not to try to apprehend the person.

Caution: There were several photos published of one injured kitten. I’ve used the least graphic one for this article. Another photo is available at the source for this article as well as the Craven County Sheriff’s Office Facebook community page that are more disturbing.

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Nine-week-old kitten is recovering after being thrown toward a school bus from a moving car

According to an October 17 report by, a nine-week-old kitten is recovering after being thrown toward a school bus from a moving car. Authorities are still searching for suspects.

Jen Marlow/Ridge Runner Veterinary Services

The kitten, now dubbed “Hiccup” by the staff at Ridge Runner Veterinary Services in Winterport (Maine), was thrown out on the morning of October 3 somewhere along Monroe Road.

Children on the bus began screaming at the bus driver who was able to stop and grab the kitten before it could be hit by a vehicle.

Hiccup faced a tragic end if not for the quick thinking of everyone involved. The children screaming for the bus driver to stop was only the first act of kindness that day to save this poor kitten.

Jen Marlow/Ridgerunner Veterinary Services

The bus driver took Hiccup to the bus depot where a coworker took it to the Rachel and Shannan Grooming Salon on Main Street. From here the business owners (who also rescue cats) took Hiccup on to Ridge Runner Veterinary Services.

Jen Marlow, a veterinary assistant at the clinic, said no one has been able to identify the bus driver or to get a description of the car. It’s likely the bus employee works for John T. Cyr & Sons since they contract with the school district.

Marlow stated “He was pretty emaciated. Poor buddy. He was covered in fleas and full of worms.”

Hiccup was x-rayed and at first, it was thought he would have to have his badly broken leg amputated and was quickly named after a character missing a leg in the movie “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Winterport, Maine

Thanks also go out to Lucerne Veterinary Hospital in Dedham heard about the kitten and offered to help. It was here the decision was made to try to save the leg and allow it to heal on its own. Hiccup will need plenty of rest to ensure that happens. A fundraiser started for Hiccup has already reached the goal.
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