Mum and son horrified as tiny kittens tossed from moving car
A HORRIFYING act of animal cruelty has left a mother and son disturbed after witnessing a ghastly act on their morning school run - as two different litters of kittens were left abandoned on roads.
Chinchilla mum Bronwyn Hogan said she was driving her six-year-old son on the way to his first day of school for 2020 when she spotted a kitten being thrown from the car travelling in front of her.
"As I turned onto Frame St to go out towards the main road, I noticed something bounce beneath someone's tire," Ms Bronwyn said.
"When I slowed down and stopped I realised it was a kitten … I thought it might have come from a house.
"As I kept driving, I got to the intersection to go onto Zeller St, and when I got onto the main drag (Chinchilla S Rd) there was another kitten that just got tossed."
"That's when I noticed okay they must be coming out of that car, because another kitten just appeared out of nowhere.
"I jumped on my breaks and picked up the kitten, and the driver of the white car turned around looked at me and then took off real quick."
Slamming on the brakes at the busy intersection Ms Hogan and her son jumped out of the car and scooped up the kitten.
"He was pretty horrified and that's why I put the announcement on Facebook because I was absolutely disgusted and horrified," Ms Bronwyn said.
Mrs Hogan said the vehicle she believed the kittens were being thrown from was a white 2009-2012 SUV, Holden Captiva model - driven by a man.
The kitten was quickly homed by Ms Danielle Maree Rae, who ran into Ms Hogan when she was also dropping her child off at school.
The other kitten that ran off, Ms Hogan said, was also found and homed.
Ms Maree Rae said later the same day at 4pm she was leaving Drakes car park onto Middle St, when a motorist urged her to stop, before running over a kitten that was in the middle of the road.
"She jumped out of the car and grabbed the kitten, bringing it over to me," she said.
"It was a Siamese but the kitten from earlier was a Tabby so they're from different litters."
Ms Maree Rae plans to keep both of the four to six week-old kittens.
RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said the horrifying incident described by Ms Hogan highlighted a major issue for Australian wildlife.
"Hurling kittens out the window is not just cruel, it potentially adds to our feral cat problem," Mr Beatty said.
"People probably don't realise but dumping litters of kittens used to be common practice and only the strongest kitten would survive.
"It would then go on to breed with another strong kitten - which is why we have ended up with some really powerful feral cats."
Mr Beatty questioned why anyone would want to throw kittens out the window of a moving car.
"The kittens could have been humanely euthanased," Mr Beatty said.
"… and if the cat had been de-sexed in the first place, this wouldn't have happened."
Mr Beatty said while the organisation did not have an inspector in the area, any complaints of animal cruelty could still be reported via its 1300 ANIMAL hotline for investigation by other agencies including the State Government and Queensland Police.
Chinchilla Police have confirmed no reports have been made to them in relation to these animal cruelty matters.
Report a Cruelty Case via our Cruelty Hotline: 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) or 1300 852 188
More information at www.rspcaqld.org.au