Tragically, reports were made this morning that several kittens were thrown onto the QEW out of a moving vehicle. Police confirmed this morning that several of these kittens that were tossed from the vehicle have been located and are now deceased. The Ontario Provincial Police have also just located the women from the incident.
Earlier this morning, Sgt. Kerry Schmidt released a public statement through Twitter about the issue. He stated that the OPP received a report that at around 9 AM, a woman was spotted throwing kittens from her vehicle on the QEW in the Niagra area. Sgt. Kerry Schmidt has confirmed that several of these kittens have since been located by police and are deceased.
The woman driver who was reportedly responsible for throwing these kittens out of the moving vehicle was described to be between 40 and 50 years of age and was wearing glasses. She was driving a red four-door Toyota and her vehicle was last seen heading Toronto bound on the QEW and exiting at Dorchester Rd in the Niagra area.
Sgt. Kerry Schmidt released the announcement to ask in the publics help in finding the suspect, which seemed to be successful.
Two hours after the original statement was released, Sgt. Kerry Schmidt posted an update of the incident after the woman had been located.
However, in another update Sgt. Schmidt states that the incident was not what it first appeared to be. He states that it appears that kittens were hiding in the engine compartment of the car when the woman entered the vehicle and fell out once she got onto the highway.
Since the OPP issued the original statement about the incident this morning, pet lovers around Ontario are absolutely heartbroken about the tragic news. Many users are also reminding the public that there is never a reason to harm or abandoned your pet. Both your local SPCA and Humane Societies will be able to take in your pet if you are no longer able to care for it.
After the update, Twitter users are also reminding commuters to check their cars to ensure no cats have climbed in to keep warm on cooler nights. One user recommends knocking on the hood of the car to scare the animals away before they turn on their engine.
Although in this case, it seemed to be an accident, it wasn't the first time this week that kittens have been abandoned or harmed. On Tuesday, a kitten was found abandoned in a trash can in British Columbia. After being rescued by the Victoria Animal Control Services, it was discovered to have meth in its system. That cat is currently under veterinary care.
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