NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A kitten that was tossed from a moving car during rush hour in North Charleston will go into foster care, according to Charleston Animal Society spokeswoman Kay Hyman.
This comes after a woman reported seeing three kittens being thrown from the windows of a car ahead of her on Friday, shortly after 8 a.m. on Rivers Avenue near the South Carolina Federal Credit Union.
"I was terrified and shocked," Angela Cox said. "My heart still works. I probably had a slight heart attack in traffic. But I was terrified."
She said it all began when she was driving along Rivers Avenue and realized something was going on.
"I saw people swerving, and in the middle of the road I saw a cat," Cox said.
Cox said she was able to safely get to another kitten she spotted on the side of the road.
"When I saw the other kitten, I pulled off the side of the road and saw the kitten was still moving," she said.
Cox then put the kitten in her arms and transported it to the nearby Charleston Animal Society facility. Unfortunately, she says the kitten died shortly after she arrived.
"I grew up with two dogs and a cat, and if you can't take care of these animals then give somebody else a chance," Cox said."Don't toss them all like garbage. It's not okay at all."
Cox described the suspect's vehicle as a dark gold Dodge Stratus but couldn't make out any faces inside the vehicle.
She hopes other motorists who saw the incident can come forward with more information.
The Charleston Animal Society is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and felony conviction of those involved, according to animal society spokeswoman Kay Hyman.
"We are in touch with North Charleston Animal Control about this case and they are investigating," Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Anti-Cruelty & Outreach Aldwin Roman said. "This is a terrible case of cruelty and we want to catch whoever is responsible."
At least one of the three kittens has died.
"[Cox] was very overwhelmed with this," Roman said."You're driving on the road, going to work and then you see this, and trying to do your best to help and having to see these cats run over."
Investigators say a second kitten was also killed in the incident.
"There's a place to take animals if you don't want them," Roman said."No reason to have to throw an animal out of a car in the middle of rush hour."
The Animal Society says one of the kittens that survived climbed under the hood of someone's car.
The driver found the kitten after pulling into a gas station a little further down Rivers Avenue.
"I really hope the authorities can find [those responsible] so they can face a judge and face the law for what they're doing, know what they've done," Roman said.