Kittens thrown from vehicle die; OPP seek driver

Kittens thrown from vehicle die; OPP seek driver
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Taylor Campbell

Publishing date:

Sep 10, 2020  •   •  2 minute read

ESSEX, ON. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 -- Ontario Provincial Police are asking the public for any information about this suspect vehicle. At least one kitten was seen being thrown from the vehicle on Sept. 3, 2020 on Maidstone Avenue in Essex, and a second kitten's body was found in the area. (COURTESY OF OPP / WINDSOR STAR)
Ontario Provincial Police are asking the public for any information about this suspect vehicle. At least one kitten was seen being thrown from the vehicle on Sept. 3, 2020 on Maidstone Avenue in Essex, and a second kitten’s body was found in the area. Photo by Courtesy of OPP /Windsor Star

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Ontario Provincial Police are looking for the person who threw two kittens from a moving vehicle in Essex last week.

On Sept. 3 at roughly 5 p.m., the complainant saw a vehicle leave the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant on Maidstone Avenue and throw a kitten from the driver’s side door.

The complainant retrieved the kitten and took it to a veterinary clinic, but the kitten later died, police said in a news release on Thursday.

A second kitten was found in the same area, but it was also dead.

“Surprisingly, it does happen more often than people think,” Melanie Coulter, executive director of the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society, told the Star.

The humane society regularly receives calls from people who spot kittens near the side of the road and assume they were dumped from a vehicle, she said. That’s not always the case, but sometimes they were put there maliciously. 

Earlier this year, Coulter said, government animal welfare inspectors investigated a similar incident when kittens were allegedly thrown from a vehicle at a roundabout in the region. Those kittens were rescued and survived, but inspectors were unable to secure the evidence required to lay charges.

“I think in a lot of cases, they’re trying to find a quick and what they think is easy way to get rid of an animal that they consider unwanted,” she said. “There are certainly more humane options that they could look at.”

The penalties for such animal abuse include a fine of up to $130,000 or up to two years in jail. 

People who have kittens but need help taking care of them can call the local humane society for advice instead of harming them, Coulter said.

“There are other choices. People who are making this choice are really being selfish and not thinking about the kittens that they’re dropping off in an unknown location and sometimes… being injured in the process.”

Police have released an image of the vehicle suspected to be involved in last week’s animal cruelty incident. The vehicle appears to be a dark-coloured Ford sedan or hatchback. Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or who can assist with the investigation should contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.

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