At only 5 weeks old, the tiny tuxedo kitten didn’t know much about life. But the inhumane, irresponsible acts that were inflicted upon him in May will live in his memory forever.
By, 15 Jun 2019
Without a thought to the consequences, a callous, cruel driver tossed the kitten from a moving car on Columbus Avenue, in Tampa, during rush hour traffic.
A passer-by spots the incident
Fortunately for the kitten, a woman passing nearby saw this inhumane act, and screeched out in horror. Two nearby mechanics, from the Yenel Auto Paint and Body Workshop, heard her plea for help and ran out to see what the commotion was about. Without thinking about their own safety, they ran into the busy traffic and scooped up the tiny kitty.
It was unknown at this time if the kitten tossed from a moving car had sustained any serious injuries.
Rescued kitten taken to the animal shelter
A volunteer from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay was in the area and she was able to take the injured kitten there for medical attention.
It’s hard to believe that the animal rescue shelter is only around 10 blocks away from the location of this dreadful crime. If they didn’t want the small cat, they only had to drive a small distance and drop it off at the centre where it would at least be cared for humanely.
Following a medical examination, the brave kitten, who rescuers named Columbo, appears to have suffered only minor injuries. The cuts and scrapes on his nose and paws soon healed and apart from his white nose whiskers being bent, he appears to be one fortunate cat.
Search continues for the culprit
As the incident happened at speed, no one managed to take note of the model or colour of the car involved. In the US however, abandoning any animal is classed as a criminal offence, which can collect not only a prison sentence but also a fine of up to $5,000. It is imperative that this cruel, callous person is brought to justice.
Reward continues to grow
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay set up an initial reward of $500 to try to get justice for Columbo, the injured kitten. As no further evidence came to light, Florida's Voices for Animals Society raised this reward to $1,000. To further fund the search for animal justice, PETA has increased the amount to a huge $6,000. The search for the perpetrator continues.
Poor kitten thrown out of a moving car at 3:57pm this afternoon on Columbus Avenue 😿 REWARD OFFERED!Posted by Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Tuesday, May 28, 2019
In the meantime, Columbo the fearless kitten is in a very safe place, with his new foster family. It is hoped that as he gains weight and becomes more confident, he will be placed with a loving forever home very soon.