Two face charges after kitten tossed from car

Two face charges after kitten tossed from car

‘She just dropped it and never looked back’

Alana Toulin, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A 31-year-old Ottawa woman and her 68-year-old father have been charged with animal cruelty after a five-week-old kitten was allegedly tossed from a moving car in a Vanier neighbourhood.

Marilyn Saunders said she was sitting outside her home doing a crossword puzzle on Aug. 27 when she noticed a car slow down on Presland Road.

“There was a little kitten being hung out the window on the passenger side with this woman hanging onto its neck,” she said. “She just dropped it and never looked back. Then the driver sped up and away they went.”

Ms. Saunders said the brown and white kitten was tossed about three metres away from the sidewalk on her busy street and “would have been right in a tire track” had she not reached the animal in time.

The terrified kitten was shaking and “meowing like crazy,” she said. “I tried to calm it down by cuddling it. He was just shaking.”

She was able to get the licence plate number of the car as well as a description of the occupants.

Using that information, humane society investigators were able to track down the owners of the vehicle.

Rachel Trudel and her father, Roger Trudel, who is from Papineau, were charged with animal cruelty on Aug. 30.

Ottawa Humane Society executive director Bruce Roney was outraged by the incident.

“Who tosses a kitten from a car? I don’t know what’s going on,” he said, citing other recent cases of animal cruelty, such as a boxer being found dead in a Gloucester Street stairwell and a cat beaten to death with a tire iron in North Gower.

Mr. Roney called the cat tossing incident “horrible.”

“Fortunately, it was abrasions that the kitten suffered from. He wasn’t seriously injured. He could have just as easily been killed or severely injured,” he said, calling the incident “pointless.”

“If owners can’t find a home for their pet, they can bring it here,” Mr. Roney said.

“We care for over 11,000 animals every year. It’s what we do, and we do it so that this doesn’t happen.”

Ms. Saunders agreed, calling incident “obscene.”

“I’m really concerned,” she said. “It really made me angry that someone would do that, especially in broad daylight.”

The fluffy kitten is now recuperating at a humane society foster home.

His “foster mother,” Emily Keen, said yesterday the kitten is doing well, except for a bit of a cold.

“He’s very playful,” said the University of Ottawa student, who has been fostering cats from the humane society since April. “I think it’s horrible what happened to him. I started crying when I found out.”

Mr. Roney expects the “very cute” little kitten will be up for adoption in a matter of weeks.

Mr. Trudel and Ms. Trudel each face three counts of animal cruelty for failing to provide suitable and adequate care to an animal and for causing unnecessary pain, suffering, and injury to the same animal. Ms. Trudel faces an additional charge for willingly causing injury to an animal.

They are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 11.

2 Responses to “Two face charges after kitten tossed from car”

  1. This has got to be the nastiest and most cruel thing I have ever heard of. You wouldn’t toss a baby out of a moving car, so why do it to a kitten? I saw him on the news, he’s the cutest little boy, and I’m glad to hear that he’s doing great. If I had the time and space for another cat, I’d adopt him.

  2. Thats so mean!!! I hate people who do that, like it said, if they dont want it at least give it to a animal shelter or something dont just toss it in the road where it could get killed!! =( this makes me so sad!!

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