Witnesses: kittens thrown from moving vehicle on Powhite Pkwy

Published: May. 25, 2017 at 2:30 AM EDT|Updated: May. 25, 2017 at 6:28 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Kittens were reportedly tossed out of a moving car, onto the highway. Good Samaritans were able to save just a few.

A witness saw as many as eight kittens being thrown out into traffic on Powhite Parkway on Wednesday morning. Other drivers found kittens along 288.

"I just saw this little bundle on the side of the road," said Christina Hamlett, recalling her drive to work on 288. She got out of her car, discovering a little kitten who is now named Lucky.

"He did suffer some head trauma," said Hamlett, as she held the little guy in her lap. Lucky is now being taken care of by volunteers with the St. Francis Humane Association.

"We're seeing what we can do, so he can hopefully survive," said Catherine Welsh with St. Francis.

She encourages everyone to spay and neuter their animals. Welsh also pointed out there are multiple resources available for people who find themselves with too many kittens.

Hamlett posted a picture of Lucky on Facebook, along with his story.

"All of a sudden, someone reached out to me and said this happened, someone witnessed this," explained Hamlett.

That witness was Tamesha Timberlake, who was driving to work on Powhite Parkway, miles away from where Lucky was found. She saw something fly out of the window of a car up ahead.

"I go a little further, there's another one, and another one. There were eight that I counted. I couldn't see the car, the person who was doing it," expressed Timberlake.

Her view was blocked by other cars, and she was focusing on not hitting the kittens. It took her a moment to realize what she saw.

She added, "I see this little grey fur ball fall out…it just shook its head like 'what happened?'"

Later that morning, Heather Van Cleave discovered a kitten in her employer's parking lot down the road from where Timberlake saw the kittens. She believes the kitten crawled out of a delivery truck's wheel well.

It isn't clear if all three cases are connected, but all three women are encouraging people to come forward with information.

"There's a lot of traffic that time of morning. Whoever did it knew what they were doing," said Timberlake.

Volunteers canvassed the area and found some kittens who did not survive.

Animal Services officers also responded and Chesterfield Police encourage anyone who witnesses any form of animal mistreatment to contact them immediately.

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