These are personal accounts by two unrelated women both of whom have seen kittens thrown from moving vehicles during kitten season in Michigan state, USA.
Their first hand experiences recounted in their own words paint a clear but horrific picture of callousness and wanton insensitivity towards vulnerable animals.
Marielle said she was terrified. She was making her usual morning drive to work along the M-83 between King Road and Baker Road in Frankenmuth. To be completely clear and accurate I have located this spot on the road using Google Maps. The road is called S Gera Road. The photo below is of the exact spot where this act of cruelty took place.
You can picture it. You’re driving along on mental autopilot doing something which is completely routine and suddenly the occupant of a red truck (perhaps in front of her car) opened his window and ‘shook out the bag and the kittens fell all over the road’.
There were five kittens in the bag. And the guy in the vehicle must have wound down his window, extended his arm out the window holding the bag of kittens and shaken it empty as if getting rid of some waste at the bottom of the bag.
Marielle reaction was one of shock and terror.
“I was really scared. I had no time to process until it was right next to my car. I looked down and I was like, ‘oh my god! A cat,’”
What happened next?
Of the five kittens, two were hit by cars (I’ll presume they were killed instantly) and two ran off. You can see that the road is flanked by fields. The two probably ran into them. The fifth kitten she was able to capture and rescue. We don’t know what happened to the hit or lost kittens.
She found the whole thing disturbing as you would but despite being in the wrong place at the wrong time or the right place at the right time she was glad she was able to help.
She named the little tabby kitten Lucky. He was cared for by Pet Angel Adoption and Rescue and now is at the cat foster home of Terry Monroe who says he is doing well. Lucky is ‘pretty friendly’ and was therefore socialised. The people who dumped him had played with him.
Monroe has her own story to tell about dumping cats from moving vehicles.
Terry said that she was going home in her car and some guy in an approaching car threw a kitten from the car.
“I saw the kitten go out the window, roll under the car, run back toward the ditch and then run back under the car,”
Monroe was able to rescue the kitten. It seems a miracle that he/she was not run over.
The president of Pet Angel Adoption and Rescue in Frankenmuth said that Lucky is the third kitten to be brought to the rescue after being thrown from a moving vehicle.
For an outsider like me I see a trend. There is a trend for throwing cats as far as possible while being filmed and likewise a trend for kicking cats as far as possible while a mate films the thrower. Chucking kittens out of car windows while moving on busy roads is another sick trend. They are copycat activities by crazy individuals, invariably men. And the clincher is that they invariably get away with it despite being a clear cut crime under state animal welfare laws.