AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man driving on South MoPac Expressway Tuesday morning said someone in a car in front of him threw kittens out from a moving vehicle.
A driver called 911 stating he was driving southbound on MoPac near Bee Cave Road just after 9 a.m. when he saw someone throw a cat out of a moving vehicle. The caller said several vehicles swerved to avoid hitting the cat, but the kitten ended up getting hit by at least one vehicle.
According to a Facebook post by Ron Cho to the Austin/Central Texas Animal Network, Cho wrote he also saw a second kitten lying on the road just before the Farm to Market 2244 exit. Cho indicated he tried to save one of the kittens, but it died in his car.
“I don’t know anything I say will change that person’s mind but please have some love, have some compassion, have some heart. Life is not worth living with hatred,” Cho said.
In a 2:30 p.m. press conference, Austin police said that they received calls from two different drivers saying kittens were possibly thrown out of a car window onto the road. Officers spoke with both drivers, but were unable to verify if the kittens were thrown or fell onto the road.
Police do not have a description of the driver or the vehicle where the kittens came from. While Cho said he saw the kittens in the main lanes of MoPac, a police report lists the location as the 700 block of the southbound service road.
If a suspect were found to have thrown the kittens out of the car, they would face a Class A misdemeanor and be placed in jail for up to one year, as well as a $4,000 fine. To report animal abuse call the animal cruelty tip line at 512-978-0523.