Driver 'literally catapulted' kittens from window along Virginia highway, witness says

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. -- A driver in Virginia is accused of tossing two two kittens out of the window of a pickup truck in Louisa County. Both of the animals later died, according to WTVR.

Cheryl Phelan reported the incident to animal control on Tuesday. She said she was driving down Route 33 near the reservoir when she saw a man throw something out the driver's side window.

"I thought what a jerk throwing trash out. I got a little closer and then I realized it was some sort of animal," she described.

Phelan, who had her granddaughter in the backseat, did not hesitate to stop and help the animals.

"He was literally catapulting them across the road," she recalled. "As soon as I realized it was a kitten, I got pretty upset."

Louisa County Animal Control Chief Alyssa Ellison responded to the call. One of the kittens died from its injuries in her arms.

"Anytime you have an animal pass away, it’s hard. Trying to rush it to the vet and having it die in your lap is even harder," Ellison stated. "To have it suffer before I could get it help is extremely painful."

Louisa County Animal Control Chief Alyssa Ellison