LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after deputies say two kittens were thrown out of a pickup truck and died.
Deputies got a call around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday about a small grey pickup truck driving eastbound on Jefferson Highway (Rt. 33) near the Northeast Creek Reservoir with kittens being thrown out the window.
Animal control officers responded and found two kittens around 6 weeks old in the road. Deputies say one was already dead when they arrived and the second died while being taken to the vet.
On Thursday, 8News spoke with Chief Animal Control Officer Alyssa Ellison, who responded to the scene, about the details surrounding the case. She said it was the first time in 15 years that she has seen something this cruel.
“I wouldn’t even begin to know how to describe somebody that would do this,” Ellison said. “Six weeks old, pretty tiny. Can fit in my hand.”
Ellison told 8News that a woman called to report the incident.
“The caller stated that someone was throwing kittens out of the window,” she explained.
Ellison says when she arrived, one of the kittens had already died and a second was being rushed to the veterinarian.
“Anytime you have an animal pass away it’s hard,” Ellison said Thursday. “Trying to rush it to the vet and having it die in your lap is even harder.”
Ellison mentioned that the spot where she found the kittens was just four miles away from the county’s animal shelter.
“There was no need to toss them out of the window,” she said. “When you’re that close to the animal shelter, you could’ve just easily stopped and surrendered them there.”
Police were not able to get car tags but know the person was driving a small grey pickup truck. If caught, the person responsible could face two counts of animal cruelty, which is now a felony in Virginia.
If you have any information about this incident please contact the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office at (540)967-1234.