TARPON SPRINGS — On Thursday, a person in a maroon van was seen throwing a gray kitten out the window on Grand Boulevard in Tarpon Springs.
Fortunately, Gail Deterra of Palm Harbor, a rescue volunteer for the Clearwater Audubon Society, was driving behind the vehicle. "I saw something go out of the driver-side window,'' she recalled.
She flagged down another driver to help, and she, the other driver and his son got to the kitten before it was hit.
Deterra took the kitten, about 9 weeks old, directly to her friend Barb Walker, an Audubon board member.
Walker took it to Ridgemoor Animal Hospital, where a veterinarian determined the animal had suffered nerve damage to its right front leg. The leg might eventually have to be amputated.
Jill Purl, an officer with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is investigating the incident.
"Unfortunately, such an act is quite common. It's sad, but it's common,'' said Purl. "I've been here 10 years, and I've seen this probably 15 or 20 times.''
Purl is asking for the public's help. If you have any information about the incident, call the SPCA Cruelty Investigation Hotline at (727) 586-3592.
Piper Castillo can be reached at (727) 445-4163 or [email protected] To write a letter to the editor, go to tampabay.com/letters.